Waldron was the epicentre of sweat, tears and tyre flipping on Saturday when Heathfield’s first Cross Fit Games took place, raising over £300 for The Children’s Respite Trust.
Organised by Isenhurst Country Club fitness instructor and personal trainer Alex Purcell, the inaugural event brought together 20 local fitness fanatics to compete for the best time in a challenging circuit set out in the heart of the village.
Each competitor had an individual start time, and was accompanied by Alex or fellow personal trainers Camilla Hunter-Evans and Louis Chavannes, to ensure appropriate techniques and safety measures were adhered to.
The circuit put those with the highest athletic performance ability to the test and involved static rowing, sandbag running, Kettle bell swings, thrusters, double arm battle ropes, farmer walking and tractor tyre flipping.
Trainee lawyer Tara Sanger, 29, from Uckfield won the women’s section in 0 minutes 48 seconds, followed by Zoe Hughes, 26, from Heathfield, who finished in 11 minutes 38. Heathfield and Waldron Rugby Club’s first team’s Tom Pritchard, 30, from Heathfield won the men’s section in 11 minutes 42. Horam’s Dan Osborne was the men’s runner-up in 12.47. As well as a trophy, each won two months’ free membership at Isenhurst Country Clubs and a £10 voucher for Uckfield’s DJ Osborne Family Butchers. Runners-up received a trophy and a month’s free Isenhurst Country Club membership. All participants went away with goody bags containing a new sports supplement called ‘Performax Sports’ from Burwash Common based business Higher Nature Ltd. The range has been developed alongside top performance nutritionist Dr Justine Roberts.
n You can find a video of the Cross Fit Games at: www.sussexexpress.co.uk