Sheffield gym raises over £5000 for Heart Research UK during 24 hour fitness challenge

Fitness enthusiasts completed a 24 hour fitness challenge at Sheffield’s Firehouse Fitness on Saturday in aid of Heart Research UK.

The challenge involved intense 45 minute sessions every hour starting at 8am, and went round the clock into the early hours of the morning.

The gym, started by Rob McGuigan and partner Dennis Roebuck, specialises in fireman style fitness exercises carried out in a style that the pair learnt as part of their time in fire service.

Heart research UK has a special place in Rob’s heart due to the care his mother received after she fell ill in Newcastle.

He said: “It was a bit of a shock to the system when mum fell ill. Nobody in my family had ever had a heart problem so when mum did it just came out of the blue. It made what we do, helping people get fitter and healthier, all the more important to us.”

Some famous faces were in attendance at the event, including former boxing star Johnny Nelson, unbeaten Sheffield boxer Tommy Frank and former Leeds and Wakefield rugby league player Willie Poching.

Before bucket collections have even been counted, the total amount of money raised stands at £5,000, with the final total expected to be much more.

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