Local gym crushes East Park 5k challenge to raise money for mental health charity

A local gym has pulled off a running challenge in a park while raising money to promote mental health awareness. Members of the BOSSFIT Academy took to sunny East Park on Saturday and ran 5km in the ‘Yorkshire Run Off’.

Hull Gymnasium took up the challenge to raise money for Andy’s Man Club, a male suicide prevention charity. The team have raised over £100 so far, but fundraising is still on. open to donations.

BOSSFIT Academy was founded by Barry O’Shea, a former drug addict who struggled with his own mental health before entering The Bridges rehabilitation center in Hull. Barry was keen to raise money for Andy’s Man Club to give back to a cause that helps people facing similar issues.

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Speaking of the Yorkshire Run Off, Barry O’Shea said: “It was a tough run in Hull’s sudden heatwave, but well worth it… A big thank you to everyone who put on the event, very proud of my academy!

“Gina flew in from London to support the cause after losing 8 stone thanks to BOSSFIT Systems. So far we’ve raised £115 and in doing so set four new 5k Personal Bests that day.



The BOSSFIT team raised over £100 for charity

“Andy’s Man Club saves lives and we are more than happy to support the cause and raise awareness for men’s mental health. I have suffered from mental health myself with frequent stays in mental health facilities, but I have now found freedom through exercise with my academy.

“To top it all off, this week I went three years drug and alcohol free which certainly highlighted my mental health issues. Today I am free from my own demons and aim to help others through events like today’s Yorkshire Run Off.

“If anyone needs help, head over to my website and send me a message.”

You can find out more about BOSSFIT Academy by by clicking here. You can donate to their fundraiser for Andy’s Man Club by by clicking here.

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