Local athletes to raise the bar for Air Ambulance

24th July

An athlete competing

An athlete competing in last year’s event

Back for its fourth year, Pick It Up Put It Down is set to once again bring tough workouts and live music to Cross in Hand to raise money for the Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance Trust (KSS Air Ambulance).

Saturday the 11th August sees Heathfield and Waldron Rugby Club re-open the doors to the annual festival that is Pick It Up Put It Down. The event began in memory of local athlete and butcher Dan Osborne who passed away in a car accident. It moves forward with the intention of celebrating fitness and fun while donating all of its profits to the KSS Air Ambulance who were at the scene after the accident took place.

The day will begin with the PIUPID Games – a high-intensity fitness competition designed to challenge competitors over a 15- minute period using a multitude of equipment and exercises. Ninety Athletes will ascend upon the venue from across the county and further afield to test not only their strength but also physical endurance. The athletes will compete in mixed pairs and, categorised by their accumulative age, the pair who scores the most points through speed and weight moved will be crowned the PIUPID Champions for 2018.

Louis Chavannes, founder and organiser, explains: “The event is set to be our biggest yet. We have raised over £16,000 for charitable causes and we would love to continue this success while bringing people together to celebrate the balance of fitness and fun in the most incredible way. Thank you to all of our supporters from our sponsors, volunteers, organising team and attendees – without everyone coming together, we wouldn’t be able to run the event. Our goal is to grow the event year-on-year cementing this fundraiser as an annual fixture in people’s diaries.”

A number of local businesses and sponsors will be supporting the event such as: The Health Insurance Group; Vitality; Green-King; BMR Construction; Healix; Healthy Performance; Coppards and Higher Nature. During the day from 11am everyone is invited to come and support the athletes, as well as take part in the activities available. Attractions include: the Fit Kids competition, street food, The ‘Bar-bell’ Bar, drop-in mobility sessions, inflatables, face-painting, ice-cream and much more.

Gates will open to ticket-holding evening attendees at 6pm. Local big band the Big Kahuna will be headlining the event, supported by an in-house DJ. The evening also features the Auction of Promises which has historically featured items like Joe Marler’s England Shirt, Anthony Joshua’s glove and a holiday to the Alps.

In the evening you can expect local Italian deli Cuculo running the prosecco bar, the Community Oven offering a delicious selection of stone baked pizzas, La Barbacoa grilling a sumptuous array of meat and vegetarian cuisine and the full stocked and famous ‘Bar-Bell’ Bar – ready to fuel the party.

Tickets for the party in the evening are £15 and can be bought via the PIUPID website piupid.com/booking . There will be a limited number of tickets available to buy on the door on the night. The evening event runs from 6pm – 11pm. The whole family can enjoy the festivities during the day for free between 11am and 6pm. Food and drink are available throughout the day as well as plenty to keep children entertained.

Organiser Louis Chavannes is a fitness professional, personal trainer, nutrition coach. Louis was awarded the Best Fitness Instructor in Sussex by Muddy Stilettos in 2017. With experience and training from Canada to London, Louis has sought out the latest industry practices along with an evidence based approach to support clients in achieving the results they deserve and to help build a leading fitness event that retains the support of spectators and athletes from all abilities.