A fast-paced fitness contest will raise much-need cash for a cancer charity – as well as pulses.
Instructor, Laura Reid, runs Hiitstep classes across East Kilbride and elsewhere in Lanarkshire.
But the event will also raise vital funds for a breast cancer charity and was inspired by the battle of Strathaven instructor Karen Macdonald, who has continued classes while undergoing chemotherapy.
Hiitstep has taken off throughout the country and involves a 30 minute workout using bodyweight and a step to house music.
It is founded and owned by Dave Readle a former Team GB cyclist and Laura, 43, won a female event in Gateshead in June of this year.
She has decided to hold a Scottish Championship this Saturday, November 23 at Xercise4Less, which will be a masterclass followed by a battle of the fittest.
Participants will carry out a number of exercises at speed and the winner crowned champion.
Donations from the event will go to Breast Cancer Care Scotland, the charity chosen by Karen who runs classes in Strathaven Leisure Centre.
Mum of a teenage daughter, Karen, 50, previously battled breast cancer in 2000 only to be diagnosed again in April of this year.
She told the News she is “absolutely “overwhelmed” that Laura has chosen to hold the event to raise funds for
a charity so close to her heart.
“I couldn’t believe it when I found out Laura was doing this – we have never met in person – but I was absolutely delighted,” she said.
“I had my last dose of chemo this time round in September and it has been more difficult, but having had chemo before you get to know when you are going to have not so great days and I could fit my diary around that.”
She went on: “It was a shock when I was diagnosed again.
“They found precancerous cells in my other breast and my first thought was ‘here we go again’.
“But I wanted to keep going and show people that you can continue to live your life. It’s not easy and, yes, you are going to have to make changes depending on how you feel – but don’t let cancer stop you.
“I firmly believe in positive mind, positive attitude and taking whatever support you have around you.
“For example, there were times when I had to rely a lot on my amazing customers during classes.
“If my energy dropped, they would come to the front to help me out – their support was amazing.”
Karen added: “There is no rule book when it comes
to this, no one can tell
you how you should feel of react.
“At the end of the day, I believe there are plenty of people so much worse
off than me, but if I can help someone else going through this journey, all the better.”
Laura told the News: “It will be a fantastic event and Hiitstep has really taken off.
“I have organised a piper and face painting and there will be lots more.
“I became aware of Karen’s story through a post on social media, although I have never actually met her in person, just chatting through email and the like – Saturday will be the first time as she is coming along.
“I am just in awe of her strength so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to raise funds for a charity of her choice
and help others battling cancer.”
The fundraiser will start at 10am in Xercise4Less at The Boardwalk on Stroud Road.