THREE personal trainers are aiming to complete a 24-hour fitness challenge in aid of suicide prevention charity Pieta House this weekend.
By the time Paul O’Connell’s Ireland troop off the pitch at Twickenham at 6pm this Saturday, John Penney, Jean Costello and Stephen Lappin will be only one third of the way through their own fitness marathon at Mungret GAA club.
Members of the public are invited to come along to shed a few pounds or donate a few euros for this deserving cause.
John, Jean and Stephen will keep the treadmills and exercise bikes in motion for a solid 24 hours, starting at 10am this Saturday.
“It’s a local charity and issues around suicide, self-harm and depression are pretty widespread around the country,” said John Penney on the selection of Pieta House for the effort.
“I think the sense of community is coming back in a big way after people have had a difficult few years. And sport has that feelgood factor and is very important in my life and in the lives of so many others,” said John, who along with Jean runs the Better Body Bootcamp at Mungret GAA.
John is a coach with Hospital Crusaders soccer club and is also training members of the handball club in Hospital for a white collar boxing tournament to raise funds for a new handball alley. He previously ran the Dublin City Marathon for the Brothers of Charity in Bawnmore.
Members of the public are invited to participate in this latest charitable endeavour.
There will be a physio on hand throughout the day and a 20-minute rubdown for those who choose to join in for some of the round-the-clock workout.
People who support the challenge will also be entered into a draw with the chance to win prizes ranging from training sessions to weekends away. Spot prizes can still be donated and those looking to get involved can contact John at 087 9115411 or Jean at 086 1025906