Leamington fitness instructor’s class will be power hooping at the Race for Life

Vicki Parker and members of her power hooping class
Vicki Parker and members of her power hooping class

Fitness class members will be ‘hooping’ to get round the course at the Race for Life in Stoneleigh this weekend.

A group of 24 regulars who attend Leamington instructor Vicki Parker’s classes will be powerhooping their way around the 5k course at Stoneleigh Park when they take part in the fundraising event for Women’s cancer charities.

Powerhooping is an all over body workout using a weighted hula hoop (between 3 and 5lb) that targets the core and trims the waist.

Vicki said: “It’s easier to keep the hoop up but harder to keep going and it does require some strength to do it.

“A couple of my members have already attempted to get around Victoria Park, they’ve only managed to get round once so far but I’m sure we’ll all do it on the day.”

The group will include Vicki’s eight-year-old daughter Lillie and one member who is over 60.

They will be joining millions of women across the UK in what is the largest national fundraising campaign of its type.

The Race for Life includes 5k and 10k runs, a 5k muddy obstacle course, half marathons, marathons and other fundraising activities which raise money for research into all 200 types of cancer.

Vicki said: “Both mf my parents have had cancer but thankfully they are OK now.

“Friends of mine have lost family members to the disease and it seems to affect everybody at some point in their life.

“We wanted to do the Race for Life but do something a little bit different for it.”

Entry is still open for the Race for Life Coventry and Warwickshire event which, along with the 5k race also includes a 10k race and Pretty Muddy 5k Obstacle Course.

The latter of these events takes place on Saturday while the two races start on Sunday at 11am. raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org