Members of the University of Bath Rugby Club are putting their fitness to the test to raise funds for the NHS.

Despite being in isolation, they are taking on sponsored fitness challenges ranging from cycle rides, long-distance runs, aerobic and weight-lifting challenges to raise cash for NHS Charities Together.

Alex Nisbet, who is organising the fundraiser, said: “We have 46 people from across our teams taking part, including undergrad and postgraduate students, members of the men’s women’s, union, league and touch rugby teams. The unity and enthusiasm the club has shown so far to say thanks to the NHS staff is great to see.

“We know club members who have family working in the health service and we appreciate the current situation affects us all, so we want as many people as possible to be able to take part - that’s why everyone’s setting their own challenge.

“Hopefully as student athletes we can also influence some younger people to make sure they stay at home even if they’re missing out on things they’d normally be doing.”

Challenges that members have agreed to take on include cycle rides over distances including 75 and 100km, and 1,000km over 10 days; 50km runs, 100 repetitions of a 150kg deadlift, and completing 700 burpees.

So far, the fundraiser has raised over £2,600. Further details can be found at the dedicated fundraising page.