Zumba class needs 3,500 people to break record

AN EXERCISE instructor is hoping to wiggle her way into the Guinness Book of Records by holding the largest-ever �Zumbathon.

Mikki Rom, from Dunmow Arts Centre, wants to get 3,500 people to take part in the exercise class at Bishop’s Stortford Rugby Club on March 25 to raise money for Sport Relief – but she admitted the number might go up!

“We are adjudicating the attempt ourselves so we are checking the internet every day in the run-up to it so see if anyone else breaks the record in the meantime. It started at 1,500 but it is up to 3,500 already.

“Zumba is so popular and a lot of fun so I can see why the number of people needed to break the record is constantly increasing.”

The world record attempt will be part of a much larger family fun day at Silver Leys, the rugby club’s ground.

Chairman of the Silver Leys committee, Ros Lennon, said it had set a target of raising �60,000 – double that raised in 2010.

She said: “We did a similar thing two years ago and the amount raised, and the 3,000 people we had running the mile, put the event into the top 10 events in the country.

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“It should be a really fun day for the whole family and with lots of things to do.”

New Zealand All Black Zinzan Brooke, former WBO super-featherweight and lightweight champion Kevin Mitchell, and Educating Essex stars Mr Drew and Mr Goddard will be starting the races and signing autographs.

The event on March 25 opens at 9am with the first race at 10.30am. The Zumbathon will start at 12.30pm – entry is �1. Participants can be any age but under-16s must have parental consent.

Runners should register on the Sport Relief website before the event to ensure they receive a goody bag, but people will also be able to register at the club.