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Ice skaters get muddy in Cancer Research 5k run

Nottingham Synchronized Skating Academy (NSSA) team Icicles Junior swapped their ice-skates for running shoes to part in the city’s Cancer Research Pretty Muddy 5K Run on Saturday 22 July, 2023.


The internationally-competing ice-skaters, aged from 14-18, have already raised over £1,000 for Cancer Research UK.


Young people from all over the East Midlands come to train with this dedicated and passionate team, which has represented Great Britain several times at the Junior World Synchronized Skating Championships.


Synchronised ice-skating is thrilling to watch because of the speed, power, grace and agility of its athletes. The sport involves teams of up to 16 performing complex routines to music.
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To achieve peak physical fitness and the best results on the ice, the team trains on the ice several times a week including weekly 5am starts. Training off the ice includes ballet, circuit and weight training as well as running about two kilometres.


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Head coach Esther Morris said: “I’m incredibly proud of the team for stepping up to take part in the Pretty Muddy 5K. It’s a cause very dear to our heart as a club, after one of our parent-managers had her own battle with cancer.


“The skaters have shown an extra level of dedication, on top of their usual tough training regime, to take part in the run to raise money for this vital cause.”
Amy Taylor-Shaw, Lily Walker and Zelda Harrison are from West Bridgford. 
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