Rugby Weight Watchers members take on tough challenge for Macmillan

The group covered 167 miles in total
The group covered 167 miles in total

Determined members of a Weight Watchers group in Rugby pushed themselves to complete a physical challenge to help Macmillan Cancer Support.

Hazel Townsend’s team raised £1,300 by covering 167 miles at Draycote Water.

The group leader challenged the members to walk, run or cycle further than they thought they could, giving them a physical and mental challenge to contend with.

Hazel said: “We are incredibly pleased to be supporting such a worthy cause. Cancer is something which has touched the lives of family and friends of so many of us.

“I originally hoped to raise £500 but when the sponsorship started to come in, I realised we were going to exceed that easily.

“For a small group of us to raise £1,300 is amazing and I am very proud of all involved.”

Monday member, Lana Farren, said: “The furthest I had cycled before the event was 20 miles and on the day I did 35. This challenge really helped to push me to do more than I thought I could achieve and doing it with the group made it easier and more fun.”

Sunday member, Liz Meakin, said: “I was determined to complete the circuit, I walked and jogged my way round and am sure that the exercise Weight Watchers encourages me to do has helped with my weight loss of 50lbs.

“Everyone was proud of what they had achieved and the results at the scales the following week were very good too!”

The group handed over the cheque to local Macmillan representative Rebecca Mushing on Sunday November 16.

Hazel runs two Weight Watchers meetings a week in Rugby – Sunday 10am at Hill Street Youth & Community Centre and Monday 6pm at Rugby High School.

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