A 24 hour fitness marathon was launched by Lance Corporal Paige Bellerby from Northallerton, challenging fellow members of 2 Signal Regiment to test their endurance.

L Cpl Bellerby, 27, is four years into her Army career and a leading rallycross driver in her spare time. Based with 214 Fitter Section, 2 Signal Regiment at Imphal Barracks in York, she organised the 24 hour fitness marathon to raise money and awareness for the Armed Forces charity SSAFA. 

She said: "It was also an opportunity to boost morale and team cohesion, and find out who was the fittest of the squadron teams."

Colleagues had to complete every hour on the hour a 1.5 mile run, followed by 40 press ups and 50 sit ups with one member, Staff Sgt Reid, finding the time and energy for a 90 minute football match.

L Cpl Bellerby added: "While SSAFA hasn’t helped anyone I know personally, I’m aware of how much the charity does do help others and I believe it’s important to raise as much awareness about it in order to help continue to great work it does and has done since 1885.

"It’s always good to give something back, maybe not for yourself, but for anyone from the bigger military community, whether they’re serving or veteran, regular or reserves, Army, Navy or Air Force, and their families.”

The fitness fundraiser has been a great success, with her regiment so far raising more than £600, but money can still be donated. "Donations are still open for us to reach our target of £1,000, so if you’d like to support our troops in raising money for SSAFA, then please click justgiving.com/fundraising/paige-bellerby1,” added L Cpl Bellerby.