Physical and mental endurance was pushed to the limit as friends from Harborough raised nearly £10,000 in tribute to a loved one – with Leicester City legend Steve Walsh showing his support.
The former Foxes skipper, who played 369 times for City between 1986 and 2000, kicked off the first ever Mar-Har-athon, which took place on Saturday.
The challenges, which were heavily previewed with lots of banter on social media website Twitter, were held at Harborough’s Snap Fitness gym in Rockingham Road.
It was organised to raise money for The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation in memory of participant Becci Diver’s husband Stacey, who died of lung cancer in 2011.
The fundraiser consisted of two races – Toe2Toe, a head-to-head distance challenge, and Fit Girls versus Fat Boys, a marathon between four fitness-mad girls and four middle-aged men.
In the distance challenge, Mark Pickering triumphed against Andy Horne by completing 45 miles – five miles more than his former school friend.
The girls narrowly won the group challenge.
The teams consisted of Becci Diver, Sharon Foxon, Sian Hillier-Woodhouse and Gail Bellingham against Dave Hall, Stuart Vincent, Dean Bates and Graham Cowie.
Mr Hall, who was one of the organisers, said: “Wow, what a day – 10 exhausted human beings and almost £10,000 raised for a fantastic cause.
“There were no losers, only winners.
“On behalf of the team, I’d like to thank everyone for their generosity with donations of money and time to help put this event together and make it so worthwhile.
Mark and Andy’s indefatigable efforts were astonishing and team Fit Girls well and truly put us fat boys to the sword in our race.”
Donations can still be made at www.justgiving.com/MarharathonTeam or by text ROYC77 to 70077 followed by the amount you wish to donate.