MEMBERS of David Lloyd Southend overcame several obstacles in order to raise money for Southend Hospital’s Keyhole Cancer Appeal.

A team of 160 came together to compete in the Nuclear Rush Race in Brentwood.

And captain Rachel Childs was delighted to have helped gather more than £800 for the charity.

“It’s been another fantastic year for us doing the Nuclear Rush Races and we again had the biggest team there on the day which was fantastic,” said Childs.

“We’ve been able to say that for the last four years now which is really pleasing and it’s always great to see everyone come together for it.

“To be able to raise so much money for a local charity is also excellent and we’re delighted to be able to help such a good cause.”

The David Lloyd team presented Southend Hospital’s Elise Fleetwood with a cheque for £765 but the overall total has now risen to £836.

Team members were sponsored to take part in the event which was contested over 7k and 12k.

The races included more than 80 obstacles and saw those taking part having to work their way through a number of difficult situations.

“This is a tough event which makes virtually everyone confront their fears,” said Childs.

“You have to go through mud and water, through small spaces and jump from some quite big heights.

“But it’s all very well run and is becoming quite a big event now.

“It’s also really good fun and definitely brings out the bid kid in you.

“We’ve been training together since January/February time and it’s been nice to have shared the experience with such a good group.

“We’re already looking forward to more of the same next year now and we’ve got 68 people signed up so far.”