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Epic 24 Hour Zumba Challenge Completed!

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This Breast Cancer Awareness Month we set ourselves one of our biggest challenges yet - to set a Guinness World Record!

On Saturday 13th October more than 100 people descended on the iconic Principality Stadium in Cardiff to take part in the 24 Hour Zumba Challenge.

At 11am we set off on the marathon dance challenge, some people stayed for two hours, some came and went throughout the day. The oldest participant was 82 years old and danced away in the early hours of the morning and the youngest was five years old and joined our family session.

Around 50 people attempted to Zumba their way into the record books by dancing non-stop until 11am on Sunday 14th October.

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The Guinness World Record rules were strict. Only one instructor was allowed for the duration of the attempt, individuals could take a short break to drink water but had to re-join within two minutes and no more than one person could take a water break at any one time. Participants were only allowed five minutes rest for every continuously completed hour of activity. 

The instructor for the 24 Hour challenge was Ellie Tomlin. Ellie said: “What an experience! Besides my daughter being born and my wedding day this will go down as one of the best days of my life! The challenge was the hardest thing ever, physically and emotionally.  As the hours went by looking at everyone’s faces whether they were taking part, volunteering or supporting us I knew that I had to complete it! The determination they had to carry on even though their bodies were on fire and they were so tired, together I knew we could do this!”

After taking on the 24 hour challenge Hayley said: “Still feeling overwhelmed and emotional. Well done all! So proud to raise money for a wonderful charity.”

Michelle stepped in to take the class when Ellie had her breaks and said: “I witnessed an ever-changing room full of beautiful people all pushing themselves to their own individual limits whether it was for an hour, several stints or those that attempted the full 24. I saw warriors laugh, limp, cry and get battered but they still pushed themselves to the end.”

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Amongst the participants was Tenovus Cancer Care staff member Tom Dyer. Tom said: “Taking part in the endurance event for one day put into perspective for me how enduring going through cancer treatment can be. It was the thought of the money raised to help people affected by cancer that got me through the middle of the night. Over 100,000 steps and I’d do it all again if it would help people affected by cancer.”

Madeleine Sims, who organised the event, said: “It really was an incredible effort from everyone involved. To take on 24 hours of Zumba was a really gruelling challenge but there was a great spirit from everyone who took part. Even in the final hour the atmosphere was amazing and the group still gave 100%. We’re still waiting for the final total but it looks like we’ve smashed our fundraising target. Thanks to the generosity of everyone who donated and supported the participants. We’re now waiting to find out from Guinness World Records if we have set a new record.”  

This really was a special event, and we'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved!

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