Backed by uplifting sound of the Oxford Rock Choir, the group descended as a flash mob on Oxford’s Westgate Centre to stage the mass ‘Plankathon.’
The event was the culmination of two weeks of training arranged by Thame-based personal trainer and motivational guru George Anderson as part of the High Sheriff’s Corporate Challenge organised by the new High Sheriff of Oxford, Richard Venables.
The aim was to hold a ‘plank’ exercise position for 5 minutes whilst the Rock Choir belted out ‘Don’t stop me now!’ by Queen whilst intrigued shoppers looked on.
Richard said: “It was fantastic to see so many colleagues and friends coming together for this challenge which was great fun and I congratulate everyone involved.
“The idea is to promote health and wellbeing in the workplace and I really think we ticked the box here. I look forward to other future events and I encourage as many individuals and companies to get involved as possible.”
Sponsored by 22 companies, proceeds from the High Sheriff Corporate Challenge will go to a range of Oxfordshire charities involved in promoting health and wellbeing amongst Oxfordshire’s Youth sector including Access Sport Oxford.
The event was part of a range of sporting and cultural activities which Richard is organising throughout his year as High Sheriff of Oxford until March 2019 which includes a parkrun challenge, hockey festival and a self portrait competition.
He will also lead from the front having run the London Marathon and also participating in the 100km Race to the Stones Ultra in July.
The aim is to raise £150,000, while promoting health, fitness and wellbeing, particularly for young people in disadvantaged areas of the city.