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Ship Inn Flamborough.'Ben Dale & Kyle Mummery doing a sponsored piggy Back for help for hero's. --'NBFP PA1426-6b --'pictured with pub landlords Sam & Allan Ward

Ship Inn Flamborough.'Ben Dale & Kyle Mummery doing a sponsored piggy Back for help for hero's. --'NBFP PA1426-6b --'pictured with pub landlords Sam & Allan Ward

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Two fitness fanatics will be giving each other a lift - literally - during an unusual endurance challenge to raise money for military charity Help For Heroes.

Ben Dale and Kyle Mummery, who run Element Fitness, will be walking seven miles on Saturday, taking it in turns to carry each other for the whole distance.

“Our challenge will be to complete a seven-mile buddy carry, from The Dotterel in Reighton to Flamborough, along the hilly back roads,” said Ben.

“This means that we will be carrying each other, alternating when needed, from start to finish, with us both weighing in at around 80kg. We saw this challenge rather fitting as it simulates a soldier carrying an injured comrade out of the heat of war.”

They will set off from Reighton at 10.30am on Saturday, and hope to reach The Ship Inn in Flamborough early in the afternoon, where a fun day is being held to welcome them, with face painting, a bouncy castle and other entertainment.

Ben added: “We have been trying to do some specific things in the gym, away from our normal training, to prepare for the challenge.

“Usually we go out jogging with each other, in the hope that when we do it at walking pace it will be easier. But we have only done two or three miles so far, and on Saturday it will be around seven miles.

“We will probably swap over every minute just to keep reserves of energy up. After two minutes of carrying, you are exhausted, and although you think you are resting when you are being carried, you are clinging on.

“We have researched the route and it should take two hours 20 minutes at normal walking pace. We are aiming for under three hours, although we’d like to beat two-and-a-half hours if possible.

“Hopefully it will be a normal, overcast day, not too hot and not too windy.”

The pair, who both work as lifeguards at Bridlington Sports Centre set up Element Fitness just over a year ago, and have established it as an outdoor business using surroundings such as the beach and woodland areas to get people fit.