Leeds fitness fan’s charity challenge

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A big-hearted fitness fan has set herself four sporting challenges in four months to help improve care for people at the end of their lives.

Laura Scales recently completed the gruelling 10k Major Series at Bramham Park, Leeds; and will tackle the five-mile Yorkshire Warrior in Harrogate this month; the Leeds Half Marathon in May and the Manchester Spartan Sprint in July.

The Morrisons employee who spends around nine hours a week at the gym, is raising money for the firm’s national charity partner Sue Ryder.

And after braving obstacles such as “stench-trenches” and an ice bath in the Major Series, it’s clear nothing will stand between her and the finish line.

She said: “It was really good, although they have changed the course since I last did it so I wasn’t expecting electric shocks and I got a couple.”

The Cookridge 28-year-old said: “I’m quite physically active and I love obstacle courses; I usually do around one a year. They’re tough but you get a lot of satisfaction from doing them; and I get jealous watching other people doing them.”

She added: “I thought it was a great opportunity to raise some money for a good cause at the same time. With all the events, I’m just looking forward to getting to the finish line.”

Laura, a human resources manager with the Convenience team at Morrisons head office in Bradford, said she was least looking forward to the half marathon.

She said: “There’s no variety to it. It’s just solid concrete-pounding, which will hurt.”

The Morrisons Raise a Smile partnership with Sue Ryder is funding new healthcare services and family support teams, including at Sue Ryder – Manorlands Hospice in Oxenhope and Sue Ryder – Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds; to provide the best possible care to people at the end of their lives. To sponsor Laura, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/LauraScales1.

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Alex Newman, partner at Irwin Mitchell in Leeds

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