Hector and ‘Mr Motivator’ Richie to set new gym record in UL

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

Mr Motivator: Richie Clifford
SEVERAL members of the Munster rugby team could be lining out in another arena this Thursday morning as they attempt to set a new world record.

SEVERAL members of the Munster rugby team could be lining out in another arena this Thursday morning as they attempt to set a new world record.

Legendary fitness trainer Richie Clifford will be joined in the University Arena by breakfast radio presenter Hector Ó hEochagáin as they attempt to stage a new world record this Thursday, May 23.

A number of well-known sports stars are expected to take part in the event.

It is hoped that up to 800 people will sign up for an early morning hour-long fitness class, which will be broadcast live on air after the 8am news on RTE 2FM. Gyms across the country will be linking up with the show, in a bid to have the largest number of people taking part in a fitness class nationwide.

Richie, the former international runner, said people have been ringing in looking to take part in this unique event, which is free to the public and people do not have to book a place.

The duo have been broadcasting the record attempt for a number of weeks on the show, after Richie was invited on air after his appearance in the RTE documentary The Gym, as part of their Reality Bites series.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting Richie in the flesh, and we can’t wait to get a really great crowd in Limerick on May 23,” Hector told the Limerick Leader.

Richie, a grand-father of one and father of four, leads classes for up to 180 people at a time, but this is set to be his biggest ever class.

He teaches two total body work-outs each night, from Monday to Friday, in the University Arena in UL. And at the weekend he cycles and goes hill-walking “for a break”, but he says he’s “clever to understand” when he overdoes it and then he takes three days off.

He has since been dubbed the Mr Motivator of Ireland, saying he “lives for exercise”.