Surf to Stadium culmination of efforts

Ready and raring . . . Fairfield Group Fitness members (from left) Emma Gunn, Debs King-Newell, Kaye Jeffries, Michelle Garforth, Annalise MacDonell (13), instructor Chris MacDonell, Pauline Preedy and Jack Ferris (13) will participate in the Surf to Stadium next month. PHOTO: JESSICA WILSON

A seven-week fitness challenge will culminate in the Impact Surf to Stadium this weekend and, hopefully, a brick in Mosgiel’s proposed aquatic centre.

About 12 Fairfield Group Fitness members – nine adults and three teenagers – will take part in Sunday’s 10km walk or run, and have been raising money for the aquatic centre.

Group fitness instructor Chris MacDonell said it was motivating to have an event to work towards and most participants did extra training as well as taking part in her twice-weekly classes.

“It’s quite a cool event because it’s fun, which is what we are about,” she said.

The 10km distance was “quite achievable” and people could choose to run or walk it.

While some members had done the Surf to Stadium before, others would be lining up for the first time so it was “good to do it in a group”.

“It’s extra motivating when you know you’re doing it for another reason.”

The aquatic centre was chosen because it was fun, local and something that benefited the community.

She had been running the fitness classes voluntarily in the Fairfield School hall since term 4 last year.

It was a great way to bring the community together, and get people feeling good physically and mentally.

“I just love getting people active [and] being active myself.

“I get a really buzz helping people and seeing them achieve the goals.”