Boxing squad punches its weight to raise cash

HMS SULTAN 24hour Punchbagathon for RNRMC and KIDS Charity    The amazing eight are as follows:  AET Dave Smee LAET Stuart Connell ETME Luke Weedon AET Luke Thomas ETME Adam Kinge ETME Robert Maliszewski ETME Craig Ashworth POPT Daz Hoare
HMS SULTAN 24hour Punchbagathon for RNRMC and KIDS Charity The amazing eight are as follows: AET Dave Smee LAET Stuart Connell ETME Luke Weedon AET Luke Thomas ETME Adam Kinge ETME Robert Maliszewski ETME Craig Ashworth POPT Daz Hoare

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BOXERS at HMS Sultan threw thousands of punches in a punchbag marathon for charity.

Members of the Gosport naval base’s boxing squad challenged themselves to hit a punchbag for 24 hours.

They raised £1,200 from the marathon on November 11 and presented cheques to two charities at a ceremony.

Organiser and head coach Petty Officer Physical Trainer Daz Hoare said: ‘We started with very powerful shots but after nine hours the knuckles were starting to hurt but the punches kept coming.

‘As soon as a round was finished we had enough time to get a drink and food and sit down for a few minutes, then it was time to get the gloves back on. It was nice seeing the sun come up knowing we only had four hours left.’

The money they raised has been given to the Royal Navy and Royal Marine Charity and the Kids Charity.

On average the eight boxers threw 340 punches in each round and 157,440 in total.

Each boxer threw around 20,000 punches over the course of the day. And in a last-minute twist, POPT Hoare received a message from his father offering the last person on the bag £1 for every press-up he could manage in a minute.

It fell to Aircraft Engineering Technician Luke Thomas to take up the challenge.

He managed to do 76 press-ups, which was rounded up to £80.