Top tips for challenge

PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 May 2011

Emma Ruffles

Emma Ruffles


A PERSONAL trainer is offering top tips to people who are planning on taking part in a charity walking challenge.

Health and fitness guru Emma Ruffle, who owns the Body Works, has come up with a range of hints to help people prepare their bodies in the run-up to the Mercury Mendip Challenge.

This summer hundreds of people will be putting their best foot forward and gearing up to take on this Mercury-sponsored event which is in its 21st year.

The sponsored walk in aid of Weston Hospicecare will be held on June 5 and there are four different routes to choose from.

The shortest route is a five-mile fancy dress fun walk and the longest and most challenging is the 30-mile hike across the Somerset landscape.

Emma said: “The Mercury Mendip Challenge is a great event but the physical endurance should not be underestimated. Enter the distance that suits your fitness level, based on the amount of training you are prepared to do.

“Work out how many weeks you’ve got left to train before the event and how much training you can put in.

“Almost anyone can complete it, but it takes some hard work to get you there and the training your body needs to prepare you for the challenge should be taken seriously.

“Good shoes are prerequisite for a healthy walker. Don’t buy new shoes for the event, you need to get some professional shoe fitting prior to training and make sure your feet are comfortable.

“And remember you cannot simply swim, run, cycle or attend the gym and hope that will be sufficient training for The Mendip Challenge – you need to practice walking long distance over hilly, uneven terrain.

“So get out there and get training but don’t forget the rest days too and above all have fun - It is a great day out, my husband and I have completed the Mercury Mendip Challenge and would highly recommend it.

“You will not only feel amazing for walking such a distance but also in knowing that you have helped to raise funds for such a wonderful charity.”

To register for the challenge ring Weston Hospicecare on 01934 423960.

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