Bootcamp Buddies ready to Run or Dye

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Five of the ‘super six’ after one of their training sessions – left to right Nick Clipsham, Laura Bennett, Helen Stewart, Tony Crowden and Michael Davies

Six Bootcamp Buddies will be putting their twice-weekly workouts at NMA Fitness Centre to good use next month, when they take part in a 5k run to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Team members Helen Stewart, Laura Bennett, Tony Crowden, Nick Clipsham, Marie Kyne and Michael Davies – whose ages range from 29 to 50 – are joining forces to represent the Newark gym in the Nottingham Run or Dye challenge on Saturday 11 October.

Billed as ‘the world’s most colourful 5k’, the event has participants showered in safe, eco-friendly, plant-based powdered dye along the route, culminating in a colourstorm as they cross the finish line.

“Bootcamps at NMA aren’t just about working hard in the gym, although there’s no shortage of that in the sessions,” says Tony Crowden. “Of course we’re all there to get fitter, whatever our age or ability, but the coaches make sure we have fun doing it; there’s a great team spirit and we’ve made some good friends training together every Tuesday and Thursday evening.”

The Bootcamp Buddies started out as a Facebook group where all of the members regularly share their comments about the sessions and the results they are achieving. “Before long, we were arranging social events in and around Newark,” says Tony. “When we heard about the Run or Dye challenge, it sounded like just the thing for us – a chance to put our fitness to the test in a fun way and support a very worthwhile cause at the same time.”

Members of the NMA team are raising money for the charity through individual sponsorship and via a group Just Giving page – follow this link to donate and support them…

“If they put as much into their performance on 11 October as they do in the gym, I have no doubt they’ll all make it past the finishing line,” says head coach Dean Sugden. “It’s great to watch their fitness levels improve in bootcamp sessions week by week and now to see them getting out there as ambassadors for the commitment and effort that NMA is all about.”