A team of gymgoers who took on their least favourite exercise for 24 hours for charity have raised almost £6,000.  

The four-strong team – who are members of The Unit Fitness, in Godmanchester – completed 8,407 burpees for the challenge.  

The feat of fitness and endurance was named “Burn Burpee Burn” and raised funds for Magpas Air Ambulance.  

Speaking afterwards, team captain James Welch said the most challenging period was during the early hours of the morning.   

He said: “It was an experience!   

“We were supported throughout the event by people from the community and family, and were only alone as a team for two of the 24 hours, which is incredible.   

“We were definitely galvanised at the beginning by having loads of people coming for a chat and joining in to try out the pace.   

“The hardest moments were in the dark hours (2-4 am) when our bodies wanted to rest but we just had to keep going.”  

The Hunts Post: Steven, Keri, Rosie and James were the Burn Burpee Burn team.Steven, Keri, Rosie and James were the Burn Burpee Burn team. (Image: Magpas Air Ambulance)James, 33, recently left the RAF and thought of the fundraiser as he wanted to set himself a new challenge.  

His friend Steven Crump, 37, and fellow gym members Rosie Kerr, 25, and Keri Cooper, 30, were also part of the team.  

Their “Burn Burpee Burn” challenge took place on March 16 and 17.    

During the event, Magpas Air Ambulance medical team members visited to offer encouragement and thank the team for their efforts.  

The charity’s CEO Daryl Brown MBE DL also got stuck in. 

Shelley Green, Magpas Air Ambulance Community and Events Fundraising Manager, said: “We’re incredibly grateful for the sheer amount of money raised, which will help keep our advanced medical team saving lives and keeping families together 24/7 across Cambridgeshire and beyond.” 

To donate, visit their fundraising page at https://magpas.enthuse.com/pf/burn-burpee-burn