EPPING: Dancers raise thousands for charity by smashing Zumba world record (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Dancers hold 15-hour world record breaking Zumbathon at Epping Sports Centre, in Hemnall Street
HUNDREDS of fitness fanatics united to hold the longest Zumba marathon the world has ever seen.
Nearly 400 dancers swapped their Sunday lie-in for an 8am start at Epping Sports Centre, in Hemnall Street, in a bid to smash the current record of 13 hours.
Dance instructors and volunteers - who had been in training for months - kept the relay going until 11pm, clocking up a total of 15 hours.
At least 20 dancers were required to take to the floor for each one-hour leg, with 95 dancers - including district council chairman Brian Rolfe - joining in the most popular lunchtime slot.
The event, organised by the Bodyshakers World Record Breakers and Voluntary Action Epping Forest, and sponsored by Everyone Active Epping, also raised £2,800 for Cancer Research.
Darren Couchman, the charity's area volunteer manager for Essex, said: "They have all given up their free time to organise this unique event and it was great to see so many people not just taking part but clearly having a great time.
"It was a fantastic atmosphere."
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