Around 28 people undertook a gruelling mile of energy-sapping excercises to support a Bridlington man’s quest to raise thousands for charity.
Steve Tighe, owner of Blast Fitness and former marine, is taking part in the World’s Toughest Mudder race - a 24 hour test of endurance and mental strength in America.
He is taking part in the race in aid of Yorkshire Cancer Research and Help For Heroes - and a huge amount of money was raised for those two causes during a special ‘burpee’ mile held at the Ship Inn at Sewerby on Sunday.
A burpee is a military excercise which incorporates a squat, kicking out the legs to a press up position, then a leap forwards. Most can leap around one metre, so to make up the 1,600 metres in the mile for the event six teams of Steve’s fitness clients and supporters from Bridlington, Hornsea and Driffield took part in the relay.
The event raised £3,542.11 on the day - which included £1,500 from Barclays Bank who fund matched £750 for each of their two staff members who took part. This impressive total was then rounded up to £4,000 by an impressed and generous donor who is a keen supporter of Yorkshire Cancer Research.
As Steve’s fundraising aim was around £2,500 for his entire program, he is stunned at the success he has already achieved.
He said: “I am amazed at how much we have already raised, and very grateful for everyone’s support. The day was set up through a joint effort of Blast Fitness, my partner Steph Clappison of the Nail and Beauty Secret in Driffield, and Lou and Charlie Kilburn at the Ship Inn in Sewerby.
Everything we have done so far has gone incredibly well, and I am delighted we raised so much on Sunday and that it has been rounded up to £4,000. I would like to thank everyone who has supported us.”
The sponsorship that Steve needed to get to the World’s Toughest Mudder race held in Englishtown in New Jersey later this month has already been raised.
Steph Clappison at the Nail and Beauty Secret donated the £350 entrance fee, Lloyd Dowson donated £500 for essential training equipment, the Ship Inn at Sewerby donated £240 for accommodation, while PVI maritime security, who Steve does work for, donated £560 for the flight to America.
Along with the burpee mile, supporters have already completed the Bridlington Half Marathon and will be fundraising at Sunday’s Yorkshire 10k in Scarborough and at the bonfire night celebrations at the Ship Inn in Sewerby on Tuesday November 5.
And with the Tough Mudder race later this month, Steve says the training is going well.
“There are a lot of aches and pains in the muscles. The race is unique because it is an obstacle course. You cannot just train to do a long run, you need to be able to use short blasts of energy so I am training on how to take on food and digest it whilst I am moving because keeping my energy levels up will be important. I think with my Marines background I am mentally ready to do it.”
Alongside the burpee mile on Sunday, there was also a children’s fun run where about 15 juniors took on 100m of burpees and ran the rest of the mile. A tombola and refreshments stands were also on hand.