First Fitathon raises £700 for Alzheimer’s

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MORE than 60 fitness fans took part in Peterhead’s first ever ‘Fitathon’ on February 25, to raise funds for The Alzheimer’s Society.

Local Nurse Practitioner Gill Chalk set up the event to raise funds for the Society, after witnessing the toll the degenerative condition has taken on her father Ron Sinclair and Carer mum Maureen.

Participants at the town’s Community Centre gave donations to take part in interval training class Epic with Personal Trainer Billy Daily followed by Aerobics with the Waterside Inn’s Sheila Summers and a 10k run. Jonathan Strachan emerged victorious from the 10k, completing the course in just over 40 minutes, and winning the day over all.

The total amount raised was £752 and Gill hopes that this year’s success will be the first of many.

“There were some members of Jog Scotland there,” says Gill, “as well as individual members of the public. Everyone thought it was a good idea and a great way to raise funds for a worthy cause.”

Gill (41) and sister Elaine Burgeon (49) are also preparing to head to Peru in May and tackle the Inca Trail to raise further funds for the Alzheimers Society. Gill would like to thank Billy Daily, Sheila Summers and Steven Bruce, as well as all those who took part.