A fitness and personal training club is holding a fundraising run this weekend – with more than 100 people already signed up.
Commando Fitness UK is based in Bexhill and nearby Hastings and organised the one and a half mile run in a bid to raise cash for the Royal Marines Benevolent Fund (RMBF).
Last year 31 runners took part but this year more than three times that number will be pounding the streets on Sunday.
The fitness firm trains more than 100 people a day, six days a week and has a history of supporting local and national charities. In the last three months alone it has helped a host of good causes, including the Born Ready Runners, Jacks Dream, The Hastings Y front run for Cancer Research, Hurstwood Park Neurologic Centre and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund. It also put on children’s fitness classes over the summer for the NSPCC.
It started its own fundraiser last year when owner Chris Haines realised how hard members were finding it to get sponsored for events.
As he explained to the Observer: “Coming up to Remembrance Sunday, we decided to create our own event, at a minimal cost, absorb the admin fees ourselves and donate all entry fees to the Royal Marines Benevolent Fund.
“Every runner pays a £10 entry fee and there is no requirement to get sponsors. This year we aim to raise around £1,000.”
The RMBF supports widows and families of Royal Marines as well as ex Marines who have fallen on hard times.
“This is a charity very close to my heart as I have lost many good friends over the years and seen first-hand the affect it has on the young children left behind,” continued Mr Haines, who plans to open up the run to non-members next year.
“Also, it is suitable for all levels – you can walk it if you like or if you are a bit fitter, you just run faster.”
This year’s event begins at 10am and more details of the event are online at www.commando-fitness-uk.com.