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RAF Women's Rugby Team Completes Charity Marathon Workout

A virtual 12-hour fitness marathon saw the players push themselves to the limit.

The Royal Air Force women's rugby union team have taken part in a fitness marathon for charity.

The team, who won the Inter Services for the first time in 20 years last year, have not been able to play a fixture in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, they have come together to work as a team and raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund.

The challenge comprised a 12-hour fitness marathon including jumping, running, squatting and pushing.

The man leading the team along the way was fitness coach Sergeant Ben Brookes.

"The season so far has been a complete write-off for those playing below Premiership level," he said.

"With us all based at different places around the country, we’ve not had the opportunity to come together and train and play.

"This was an idea cooked up by the management a couple of weeks back, thrown together just to bring everyone together and have us pushing in the same direction," he added.

Sergeant Ben Brookes was the man pushing the team to its limit.

The challenges were different every hour with one gruelling regime set by the RAF's rivals in the Army team.

Sgt Brookes explained what the team were doing in the challenge, saying: "There are 12 sessions.

"They’re all crossfit-based sessions that don’t require any kit.

"For the first one, we did six lots of 400m runs, 24 squats, 24 press-ups, and 24 lunges.

"Some people are just going to do an hour and some people are going to come in and do all 12."

After only four hours, the team had already cracked their £500 target and by the end, a few of the players had completed every session.

As it stands, they have raised more than £1,180 for the RAF Benevolent Fund.