Romsey Rapids Sports Complex members, staff and friends swapped the more sedate surroundings of the centre’s toning tables for a 5K run to raise money for Cancer Research.

The group of 14 women joined 6,000 others in the Race for Life in Southampton and raised almost £1,000 for charity, much more than they had expected.

The Toning Centre is a gentler alternative to the gym and is designed to help people with mobility issues move into regular exercise. The women accepted the challenge to complete the 5K race, no matter how long it took.

Mandy Giddings, toning co-ordinator at the Rapids’ complex, said: “I am very proud of everyone. For a few it was a huge challenge but they were determined to reach the finish line – and they did!”

The team – was dressed in style, wearing customised pink t-shirts, headbands and tutus.

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