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SEVEN weightlifters hauled an impressive 328,000kg in just over seven hours.

The team each lifted weights of either 40kg, 70kg, 90kg, or 120kg individually to make up the total – the same weight as a fully-fuelled 747 jet plane.

(l-r) Ray Bowring, his dad Dean, James Holden-Archer, Lauren Holden-Archer, Stuart Ackerman, Joe McCormick and Joe Archer.  Picture: Sarah Standing (142563-6794)

(l-r) Ray Bowring, his dad Dean, James Holden-Archer, Lauren Holden-Archer, Stuart Ackerman, Joe McCormick and Joe Archer. Picture: Sarah Standing (142563-6794)

Leading the group was Lauren Holden-Archer, 25, from Dolphin Crescent, Gosport.

She organised it to fundraise for the Lymphoma Association, after her mother Catherine Archer was diagnosed with the cancer.

Lauren said: ‘It went incredibly well. We had a target of five hours but we didn’t want to stop. We carried on until the prospect of one of us damaging ourselves was looming.

‘It was such an amazing day.’

She added that such was the strain of the activity that she has only just started to recover from the event on Saturday.

The team had set out to dead-lift 250,000kg and raise £600 but lifted 328,300kg and has so far collected more than £1,500 for charity.

Lauren’s husband James, 25, also took part.

He said: ‘It was incredibly difficult.

‘I compete in powerlifting but I’ve never done anything to that extent. It was very challenging.

‘I was the last person to lift, so the countdown was quite dramatic.’

James was lifting 70kg in each repetition.

But 40-year-old powerlifter Dean Bowring, from Bridgemary, Gosport, lifted 120kg between 600 and 700 times.

He said: ‘I’m glad it was for a good cause because it was massively out of my comfort zone.

‘It’s absolutely killed me – training is ordinarily one explosive movement.

‘I did between 600 and 700 repetitions with 120kg.’

Lauren added that when her mother was diagnosed she felt helpless and wanted to do something to raise cash.

She said: ‘When she was diagnosed I felt helpless.

‘My husband and I couldn’t do anything but wanted to.’

For information and to donate, see justgiving.com/deadliftchallenge