Harrogate fitness team raise £10,000 for cancer charity

The Million Kilo Challenge team celebrate their success. Picture: Yorkshire Cancer Research
The Million Kilo Challenge team celebrate their success. Picture: Yorkshire Cancer Research

A Harrogate fitness team of 12 have raised more than £10,000 for a regional cancer charity by collectively lifting a total of a million kilos.

The challenge, organised by personal trainers Shaun Hallett and Ollie Holtam, was to celebrate the launch of their new business thebodydocs on Prospect Crescent as well as raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research (YCR).

Originally expected to take 24 hours, the team smashed their target in just eight hours and 20 minutes, with members lifting their own body weight more than a thousand times to reach the goal.

Shaun said: “Our original intention was to show people that lifting weights can be for everyone, and we are so pleased that the whole team met their individual challenges. We’re still collecting donations but it looks like we have well exceeded our fundraising target of £10,000. As the first thebodydocs event it’s really set the standard.”

Each participant prepared for months beforehand with personalised programmes for the Million Kilo Challenge which included squatting, deadlifting and bench pressing.

Ollie said: “Putting together this type of event was always going to be a step into the unknown. We weren’t even 100% sure that we could complete it ourselves.

"We’re delighted with how the day went and very thankful to our sponsors and those who donated individually. It was tough and we are all sore but knowing that the money raised will be used to directly help people makes the pain worthwhile.”

The team was sponsored by a number of local businesses including ÜGOT and Fit Harrogate as well as SKINS compression clothing, Up & Running, and HPE Clothing.

Louise Robinson, Regional Fundraiser at YCR said: “We’ve all been inspired by the Million Kilo Challenge team and their incredible efforts. Lifting a million kilos is no mean feat and the fact that they nailed it so quickly, and raised so much money in the process, is an amazing achievement.

"We’d like to thank everyone involved in making this event such a huge success. The money raised will help us learn more about the cancer problems on our doorstep and find solutions to tackle them.”