When the going got tough the tough got going in Waldron.
The idyllic village was the epicentre of sweat, tears and tyre flipping on June 7 when Heathfield’s second Cross Fit Games took place, raising over £300 for local fundraising group ‘Cuckoo for Cancer’.
Organised by Isenhurst Country Club fitness instructor and personal trainer Alex Purcell, the event brought together 25 local fitness fanatics to compete for the best time completing a challenging circuit on the recreation ground.
Trainee Lawyer Tara Sanger, 29 from Uckfield, retained her women’s Cross Fit Games title, beating ten other female hopefuls with an awe-inspiring time of eight minutes 36 seconds. Mayfield’s Brett Saunders, 22, won the male category completing the circuit in nine minutes 53 seconds. Locals Andrew Saunders and Teresa Barford were both runners-up.
As well as trophies, winners and runners-up won a month’s free gym membership at Isenhurst Country Clubs.
Two people competed at any one time and were accompanied by Alex or fellow trainers Camilla Hunter-Evans and Louis Chavannes, to ensure appropriate techniques and safety measures were adhered to.
The circuit, that even put those with the highest athletic ability to the test, involved static rowing, thrusters, farmers’ walks, tractor tyre flipping and a zig-zag run up and down the length of the rugby pitch.
All participants went away with goody bags of products from Burwash Common-based firm Higher Nature Ltd, as well as a Waldron Cross Fit Games T-shirt that printed by Print Station, Blackboys.
Alex said: “The event was to push the fittest to the extremes while raising money and awareness of Cuckoo Cancer. A challenging circuit was made even more difficult for those that had to complete it in heavy showers. The spectating crowd was extremely supportive and helped competitors dig deep when times got tough. The games saw debuts from Roger, Matt, Stuart, Michelle, Sue, Anne, Sarah, Tracey and Bev. Everyone who completed the course did so well as it really was tough. I’d like to thank Louis and Camilla too, for helping me and all you guys throughout the day; it wouldn’t have been possible without them.”
Due to demand, the next Cross Fit event takes place on September 7.