A 25-STRONG team of women from a Derby fitness club have raised more than £350 for a local charity after completing a gruelling five-mile obstacle course.

The women, who are all members of Soul Fitness, took part in this year’s JCB MudRun to raise vital funds for local charity The Enthusiasm Trust.

Enthusiasm, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary, supports vulnerable young people most at risk of offending and social exclusion in Derby and the surrounding areas.

In 2016 alone the charity helped 6,500 young people from across the country and it’s estimated that more than 50,000 young people have been helped by Enthusiasm over the last quarter of a century.

Joseph Russo, Founder of The Enthusiasm Trust, said:

“We are incredibly grateful to the women of Soul Fitness for taking part in the JCB MudRun on behalf of Enthusiasm.

“These women and their fundraising supporters have helped change the lives of some of Derby’s most vulnerable young people.

“We are completely reliant on the public to keep our charity running and we are delighted when people get behind us just as the team from Soul Fitness have.”

Tracey MacDonald of Soul Fitness said:

“We are delighted to once again offer our support to Enthusiasm.

“The work the charity does with young people is invaluable and we love knowing that every penny we raise goes directly to those young people who find themselves in the most difficult of circumstances.”

The JCB MudRun has become an annual fixture for daring fun runners from Staffordshire and beyond.

The gruelling five-mile run includes some weird and wonderful obstacles, including the muddy hole, underground pipes, monkey bars and the infamous ‘Bog of Doom’.

For further information on The Enthusiasm Trust and its work, visit the website.