VIDEO: On the pull for Sport Relief

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People took part in a variety of Sport Relief events in the north of the county last week.

In Kettering’s Newlands centre on Saturday, a group from The Compound – a calisthenics fitness club in the town – combined to do a total of 10,000 pull-ups.

Sport Relief :Kettering: Members of The Compound club members doing a total of 10,000 pull-ups between them in the Newlands Centre raising money for Sport Relief. 'Saturday 22nd March 2014 NNL-140322-113307001

Sport Relief :Kettering: Members of The Compound club members doing a total of 10,000 pull-ups between them in the Newlands Centre raising money for Sport Relief. 'Saturday 22nd March 2014 NNL-140322-113307001

Anton Guidera, the founder of The Compound, said the group had expected the challenge to take all day but completed it in just over three and a half hours.

They also beat their target in terms of money collected, raising almost £1,400, with some yet to be counted.

On the challenge, he said: “We thought it would be a good idea to do a stupid amount of pull-ups in a public place.”

On Friday last week, all pupils at Park Infants School in Kettering took part in a 40-minute bokwathon, a type of fitness dance.

The school’s deputy headteacher Helen Marshall said each class had individual sessions timetabled during the week, but it was the first time the whole school had taken part together.

Residents at the Country View Nursing Home, Warkton, also got into the fundraising spirit on Friday by combining to complete a mile of the home’s garden.

Activities organiser Caroline Barratt said: “They enjoy their sport and it’s a good excuse to raise money for a good cause.”

Among those taking part was the home’s oldest resident, 106-year-old Alice Roberts.

Sport Relief Mile events were held in Kettering, Corby and Wellingborough on Sunday, while swimathons were held at the Splash Leisure Pool in Rushden and the Corby East Midlands International Pool.

Money raised via Sport Relief helps improve the lives of vulnerable and impoverished people in the UK as well as around the world.

This year, more than £50m was raised in total by fundraisers and celebrities across the country.