Race made huge strides for charity

Early in the lockdown period we asked Just Regional readers to get their active-wear on to take part in a marathon challenge to help the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Some 450 people signed up for the Empire Strides Back Marathon Challenge, set up by Norwich sports performance specialists Rob Sears and Loren Taylor, of Focus 4 Fitness, and they smashed their target.

Loren Taylor & Rob Sears from Focus 4 Fitness present Lord Vader with the cheque for £5,100. Photo: NNUH

The challenge, which celebrated 40 years since the film of a similar name hit the cinema screens, saw participants running, walking or cycling 26.2 miles during May.

Rob said: “When we set up this challenge, we hoped to raise least £1,000 for the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital as a way to support our local NHS who have gone the extra mile during this pandemic.

“To have raised over £5,000 for the hospitals charity is just amazing, and we are just so grateful for everyone who took part in making this challenge such a success.”

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