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Sponsoring Local Sports!

 

Sponsoring Local Sports!

We are proud to be sponsoring local sports this year.  Thomas Wilson FC, Dunston UTS & Local Boxer Micky Mollett.

Thomas Wilson FC Sponsored for 2019/20 Season.

 

Dunston UTS Sponsored for 2019/20 Season.

 

Micky Mollett Sponsored for Fists of Fury 5 Event at the Lancastrian Suite, Federation Brewery on Saturday 21st September 2019.

Boxing Day Bash

Boxing Day Bash

Each year we hold our annual Boxing Day Bash, this is a challenge for the whole family.  We start with a run then go on to complete a Metafit session and a Boxing Session.  All registration fees go towards our chosen charity, this year we are raising money to purchase a defibrillator for the Loft.

 

SPARK Awards 2018

SPARK Awards 2018

This year we decided to celebrate the achievements of our clients with an awards evening. We coupled it with our Christmas party.

It was so hard to choose the award winners out of all of our clients as there are so many people who have achieved so much.

Well done to all of our winners and we hope for an even bigger event next year!

 

 

Great North 10K

Great North 10K

A huge congratulations to our very own Hannah who completed the Great North 10k on the 8th July.  Hannah is training for her first Great North Run and is absolutely smashing her training, her times are getting faster and she is getting stronger week on week.

Also a huge well done to some of our clients who also took part…

Becky Jones, Chris Hart, Faye Dobson & Paul McKenna.

Castle & Derwent Triathlon 2018

Castle & Derwent Triathlon 2018

Congratulations to Lou Thorpe who completed another Triathlon on the 8th July!

Lou has been a client of ours for a number of years and has been on our semi-private training programmes as well as attending our Pay as you Go sessions.  Lou always puts 100% into her sessions and this comes across in everything she does.

Well done Lou, another fantastic achievement!

 

 

Coast to Castle!

Coast to Castle!

Mark and Graham completed the Coast to Castle challenge on Saturday 23rd June, they cycled from Newcastle to Edinburgh over 3 days and battled against a headwind most of the journey!

Leg 1 – Newcastle to Seahouses

Leg 2 – Seahouses to Dunbar

Leg 3 – Dunbar to Edinburgh

 

                       

                 

        

 

The Blaydon Race

 

The Blaydon Race

Here are just some of our lovely clients who completed the 2018 Blaydon Race.  The Blaydon Race is an annual event and is a serious road race, the overall distance is 5.6 miles and starts in Newcastle City Centre and finishes at the playing fields on Shibdon Road in Blaydon.

Ponteland Triathlon

Ponteland Triathlon

A massive well done to Gillian, Graham and Lou who all completed the Ponteland Triathlon on Sunday 29th April 2018.  This is just one of many events that these guys have signed up for this year.

They all put 100% into their training here at SPARK Health and are constantly pushing past their limits!

Another amazing achievement!

Mad March Mare

Mad March Mare

The Mad March Mare is an event held at Hexham Race Course and is a 10k obstacle course, which is held on the first Saturday in March.The first event was held in 2015 and Team SPARK decided to enter a team.  There were 8 of us who took part and for some of us were the toughest challenge we had faced on our health & fitness journey.  The team did great and many faced their fears head on. 2016 saw the team grow to 12 as some of our clients were inspired by the previous year’s team.

Then came 2017, wow this year was just unreal we entered a team of 35 and the course was the toughest yet with an increase in the obstacles to 30.  Our team of trainers had also grown to 4 who all took part and managed to stay with their group the whole way to help support and encourage each one of our clients to get around the course face their biggest fears/challenges and cross that finish line.

All 35 completed the course and to say we are proud of how many of our clients entered and completed the course is an understatement.  Some clients and even some our trainers hadn’t done anything like this before.  For some of us there were obstacles to be conquered that hadn’t been the previous 2 years, to this being achieved on the 3rd year was fantastic.

With 2018 MMM bring cancelled due to the ‘Beast from the East’ the organisers made this years MMM even tougher with 40 obstacles.  Team SPARK absolutely smashed it again and even though it was challenging we had lots of laughs along the way.

We are super proud of everyone!

Great North Run

Great North Run

September 2016 came around quick and as you can imagine Jo was extremely nervous, she had started her journey with us over 23 stone (over 26 stone initially) and was now at the start line of the GNR over 10 stone lighter. Her aim to complete the course without stopping no matter how long it took. Jo crossed the line in under 2 hours 40 minutes raising over £600 for FACT in the process and ran the whole way. Was it tough…. Absolutely but seeing Jo cross the line was great.

In 2016 Graham Pinder decided that he wanted to complete the GNR, Graham is a gentleman in his early 50’s and started training with us as he felt a little out of shape and wanted to improve his health & fitness. Graham trained so hard and was so motivated he put 100% into everything he did. Not surprising he completed the GNR in under 2 hours.  This is an outstanding time and we couldn’t be any prouder of his achievements, in his words he’s in the best shape of his life.

Paras 10

 

Paras 10

The Paras 10-mile TAB is a multi-terrain endurance event (TAB stands for Tactical Advance to Battle). The Parachute Regiment challenges you to attempt the 10 Mile ‘P’ Company Cross Country Route, carrying a Bergen (rucksack) weighing 35lb (excluding food water) and wearing long trousers with ‘military style’ or hiking boots with ankle support. Competitor’s rucksacks are weighed before and after the race, by race officials.

In 2016 Mark decided that this was to be another challenge for him to undertake just 1 week before he was to complete the GNR. Mark’s training consisted of running and Tabbing with a 35lb Bergen on his back. The training schedule was gruelling but nothing compared to the actual event. Mark completed the event in just over 2 hours the last mile being the toughest as his knees started to hurt and he got cramp in his calf’s and hamstrings. This was an outstanding achievement considering that this event was nothing like anything he had taken part in before.

In Marks own words “That last mile took me to a dark place!!”.

Race for Life

Race for Life

For a lot of our clients running is something that they haven’t even considered. It’s not just a case of not considering it it’s a lot to with confidence too. We have had a number of our ‘First Steps’ clients who would never have dreamt that they could run down the street let alone run 5k in aid of a great charity.

First to Steps to Fitness has given clients not only the fitness to take part in this event but the confidence to even contemplate doing it.

SPARK Health & Fitness really is for everyone!

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