Members of the North’s leading health club, Total Fitness, have ran the Sandstone Six Ultra Marathon to raise money for Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust Charity as a way to give thanks for the great work they do in the region.

The charity is close to the teams heart after one of their Managing Partners, Ray Stenton, was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, which is a very rare and serious neurological condition that affects the nervous system.

Total Fitness wanted to show their appreciation to the team who helped Ray get back on his feet and all the money raised will go towards the Trafford General Hospital Intermediate Neurological Rehab Unit. This will help the hospital to continue to support patients with vital rehabilitation services.

The Total Fitness team, consisting of Stuart Aylott, Graeme Dick, Neil White, Zoe Francis, Shaun Thomas and Dean Zweck, took on the 55km ultra marathon along the Sandstone trail and raised £1,425 for their chosen charity, beating their target by 474%.

Starting at Whitchurch and finishing in Frodsham, the marathon took 9 hours in total to complete, with a total running time of 7 hours. The team climbed over 1,000m of elevation, which is almost the height of Snowdon (1,085m), and tackled a range of challenging weather conditions, from slippery trails to muddy fields.

The Total Fitness team wanted to raise money and awareness for the charity foundation which supports treatment, research and care in order to make hospitals in Manchester even better.

Dean Zweck, Personal Training Manager at Total Fitness, comments, “We are overwhelmed with the support towards this amazing cause and are delighted to be able to make a donation to such a caring, hard-working and supportive charity.  

This fundraiser has been motivated by one of our Managing Partners and we wanted to give something back to the unit which helped Ray on his road to recovery. There are so many other people that the NHS Foundation Charity helps on a day to day basis so we wanted to make a contribution which would help them continue this support to others.”  

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