Friends set out to show support through fitness

These friends are raising money for Help for Heroes. Pictured from left to right are Chloe Baldwin (yellow skirt), Jessica Thornton, Lizzie Featherstone, Juanita Merriman, Samara Moore and Karen Morby.  Picture: Allan Hutchings (121279-941)
These friends are raising money for Help for Heroes. Pictured from left to right are Chloe Baldwin (yellow skirt), Jessica Thornton, Lizzie Featherstone, Juanita Merriman, Samara Moore and Karen Morby. Picture: Allan Hutchings (121279-941)
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‘Team spirit’ will keep us buoyant on global challenge

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Samara Moore has a good reason to support our troops overseas.

Her brother Ben, 31, is a member of the RAF and currently stationed at Camp Bastion military base in the heart of Afghanistan.

So Samara, 22, has decided to support him and the scores of men and women who put their lives on the line there by taking on a mammoth challenge for Help for Heroes.

She and seven of her friends will walk, cycle and run every day in an attempt to cover the equivalent distance between Portsmouth and Camp Bastion – a massive 4,848 miles.

In order to complete the challenge, they will each need to cover six miles a day for a total of 101 days.

And the team has set up a spreadsheet so everyone can track their progress along the way.

Samara, from Gosport, says: ‘I’m really close to my brother. Seeing what he and others go through out there made me want to give something back to them.

‘The men over there do a fantastic job. We just wanted to show that we recognise that by raising money for a fantastic cause.’

On top of their daily exercise routines, members of the all-girl group will cycle between 10 and 15 miles at Moors Valley Country Park, near Ringwood, on May 12.

The group initially set out to raise £200 for the charity – but they are now hoping to hit the £2,500 mark.

That’s because the team have already managed to sell £1,000 worth of tickets for an evening of fun at indoor adventure facility Playzone in Cosham on May 2.

And more cash will be raised when the fundraisers put on a charity quiz night in Fareham on June 10.

Samara, who is an academic mentor at the University of Portsmouth, says: ‘What’s great about doing this is that we’re all really good friends. We’ve all known each other for a long time and we’re all spurring each other on to complete the challenge.’

As part of the challenge Jess Thornton, 23, and four others took part in a Zumbathon – which was the equivalent of running 15 miles – at the beginning of the month.

Jess, who works for The Hampshire Autistic Society, says: ‘It’s a really good cause and it means a lot to Samara because of her brother.

‘It’s been really enjoyable so far because you can get quite creative with how you choose to clock up the miles. Plus I’m quite into fitness anyway.’

For more information about the team’s challenge visit their blog at zero2heroes2012.wordpress.com