A team of Berkhamsted Raiders parents led by group co-ordinator Pete Roberson have clubbed together to lose weight, get fit and raise £1,000 for the U7 team and for the Hospice of St Francis.
Coached by former Olympic rower Steve Lee, the team embarked on a weight loss and running regime, gradually working up from being non-runners to running the 5k fun run at Lake Dorney in Windsor.
Pete said: “Raiders yearly fees are very competitive to ensure the inclusion of all children which leaves a funding gap of around 30 per cent each year which needs to be filled with grants and shirt sponsorship.
“It’s very difficult to secure sponsorship for the U7s so we set out to raise money specifically to buy shirts for this age group and to raise awareness and funds for an important local charity - the Hospice of St Francis.
“With the initial aim of losing some weight after many individual false starts we collectively pitched ourselves against each other to see who could lose the greatest percentage.
“Realising that we needed a goal to keep up moment we decided to do something that we thought would be impossible – running 5k non stop in a respectable time.
“The donations came flooding in and we have now raised exactly £1,000. I’d like to say a big thank you to all those who donated and urge people to try running as a way to get fit - after all if I can run 5k then anyone can!”
The Waist-Cutting charity fund is still open. To sponsor Pete and his team go to www.justgiving.com/waistcuttingfinanc