Going Mad for March

The A Team of Sharon Firmin, Joanne Bell Hutton, Andrew Hutton, Karen Spencer, Chris Coleman, Steven Bolton, Graeme Seely, Stacey Young Jobling, Emma Clark, Catherine Fish, Nicola Shotton, Stacey Bowen and Karen McNeill Harris. Lindsey Hopkinson, not pictured, was also part of the team.
The A Team of Sharon Firmin, Joanne Bell Hutton, Andrew Hutton, Karen Spencer, Chris Coleman, Steven Bolton, Graeme Seely, Stacey Young Jobling, Emma Clark, Catherine Fish, Nicola Shotton, Stacey Bowen and Karen McNeill Harris. Lindsey Hopkinson, not pictured, was also part of the team.
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Snow, hail and mud were no match for the A Team.

Nicola Shotton and a group of friends from Ashington tackled the gruelling Mad March Mare, an annual challenge held at Hexham Racecourse.

The group, known as the A Team, do exercise classes and fitness training together.

The Mad March Hare signalled the start of an annual push to raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) which traditionally reaches a crescendo with the Les Alderson Celebration Day in August.

The late Mr Alderson was a terrific servant to Ashington Football Club and over the last three years, a football match between an Ashington XI and a Bedlington Terriers side has been staged at Woodhorn Lane, with proceeds breaking through the £10,000 barrier.

Nicola, a payroll administrator for Northumberland County Council, said: “The A Team were all doing it for fun whilst I was raising money for MNDA.

“The A Team is a group of people who do exercise classes and fitness training together and the Mad March Mare was tough – but I wouldn’t be doing these events without their support.

“We are just a regular group of friends from Ashington who take part in events like this and we had T-shirts made for the occasion.

The second obstacle was down a water slide and we got drenched and we were shattered at the end of the course because we had run through snow, hail and rain and were freezing cold. The course took over two hours 20 minutes to complete and one of the last challenges was to walk through the lake before crossing the finishing line to the A Team theme tune.

“It was satisfying for all of us but from my point of view, it was even more so because it was the start of raising money for MNDA.”

Meanwhile, the Les Alderson Celebration Day has been brought forward this year to Sunday August 7, so as not to clash with the Tall Ships event.

“It will be the same format as previous years although we have a few extra things,” added Nicola.

A junior game will start proceedings at noon followed by the Ashington v Bedlington clash at 2pm.

“The adult clash may be a shorter game because this year there will be a penalty shoot out at the end,” she said.

Nicola’s next event will be the colour obstacle run on May 21, a 5k course with inflatable obstacles and colour thrown at the competitors,”

Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/lamemorial