More than 50 people take part in charity Zumbathon

More than 50 people descended on the car park at Liberty Health Club and Richmond Swimming Pool for a calorie-bursting three hours of dance.

Freelance Zumba instructor Emma Blackmore organised the event that was held on Saturday.

Emma was helping raise funds to support the work of the charity that runs Liberty Health Club and Richmond Swimming Pool

Participant Maren Nash said: “After unfolding myself out of bed this morning after yesterday’s Zumbathon with more snap, crackle and pop than a rice crispy factory, I reflected on what a great day it had been, and to all those that say it was just a bit of dancing, come join us next time, for 7.5 miles equivalent of it.”

Austin Gordon, Richmondshire Leisure Trust’s general manager, said: “This is the first time Emma has done her Zumbathon at  Liberty Health Club and what an incredible event she put on.

“We are really grateful that Emma chose to support our charity. Our charity not only runs and manages sports facilities but supports the wider wellbeing of residents. With the pool set to reopen in three weeks, we are really exited to be having Emma back with her very popular aquafit.”

Emma said: “The event went really well. We had 51 taking part, ranging from  15 to 63 and three quarters years.”