A CHARITY fitness challenge has raised almost £500 for North West Cancer Research.

Around 40 people tackled a boot camp session at Sweat Fitness on Tanhouse Lane in Widnes and then joined a 5k run along the canal tow path.

The challenge was inspired by runner Alan Myler who is training at the community gym for the London Marathon on Sunday, April 22.

Paul Atkinson, Leigh Barber and staff at Sweat organised the event to boost his fundraising for the cancer charity.

Alan, 37, of Haig Road, who has raised £1,860 so far, said: "I'm genuinely humbled and blown away with all the support.

"The team at Sweat really pulled it out of the bag and I owe them a massive thank you.

"They funded the medals, goody bags and gave up their time for the event.

"It was a great family atmosphere at the gym and everyone got stuck in and helped out."

Alan chose this charity because his dad Brian, 58, died from oesophageal cancer, which can be difficult to diagnose.

His family joined him on Saturday for the 5k wet and muddy run along the canal path from Tanhouse Lane up past Fiddlers Ferry Power Station and back.

To donate visit virginmoneygiving.com/RunningMyler.