Gruelling workout helps to raise charity cash

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PUNCHING and kicking is not very lady like, but hundreds of women put on their brightest pink colours and took part in a combatathon to raise money for charity.

The women, and a few men, spent three hours taking part in body combat - a form of energetic exercise inspired by martial arts - to raise money for Breast Cancer Care.

PUNCHY The combatathon at Fareham Leisure Centre raising money for Breast Cancer Support. Pictures: Paul Jacobs (132758-3)

PUNCHY The combatathon at Fareham Leisure Centre raising money for Breast Cancer Support. Pictures: Paul Jacobs (132758-3)

The event, held at Fareham Leisure Centre last weekend, was followed by an evening of entertainment including a performance from band Evolution, a buffet, a raffle and a quiz.

Claire James, from Fareham Leisure Centre, said: ‘The Pink Combatathon was a huge success. Over 300 people took part and we raised more than £2,600 for the charity. I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part and to Cathie Bolwell who was the main organiser.’

Health and fitness manager Luke Sweeney said: ‘It was absolutely fantastic and we had a really good turnout. The whole atmosphere was superb.’