God Knows Red Nose

Exercise regimes come and go in an attempt to entice people of all physical abilities to combine fitness at every level with the word ‘fun’ being the common denominator. Who could forget Olivia Newton john and the aerobic craze? Or the characters from Fame in the 70s who enticed thousands to engage with ‘dancercise’- exercise of any description. Last Saturday I saw something quite amazing that was being held in order to raise much needed cash for the Red Nose cause.140320153453B It was called a Zumbathon and was held in the hall of St. Columba’s Church on Corby’s Studfall Avenue. On approaching the doors at around 10.30 one could immediately hear the music getting louder and louder with every step. On the stage was Zumba instructor extraordinaire Hollie Broad doing what Hollie does best, guiding a hall full of predominantly women in various relentless Zumba routines that leaves the uninitiated onlooker spellbound and breathless. The idea was not to break any world records, or to have people tested against others as to their various levels of commitment or stamina. Anyone could dip in or out of this Zumbathon that was designed to last for no more than two hours. After all, how many in that hall could last the distance at such a pace? Well, by the time it turned 12.30 everyone in that venue was still ‘Zumbering’ at a rate that would challenge the fittest of athletes. Each participant had paid for the pleasure with supporting facilities adding to the coffers: supplying refreshments, tombolla, photographer, face painting, along with plenty to keep the toddlers occupied for hours. St. Columba’s church staff had donated the use of the hall completely free from charge, which made the child in me feel a little proud, having spent years connected to both buildings as either a Cub or Boy Scout, and singing as a head chorister in the 60’s. Well done Hollie and everyone connected with this amazing and innovative fund raising event.

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