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Posted on Jul 16, 2014 by

Star jumps, squats and sit ups are not things you’d usually associate with a day at the beach, but that’s exactly what we did at Watergate Bay on a sunny Saturday morning in June.

All in the name of charity, Physical Training Instructors from RAF St Mawgan are giving up two Saturday mornings this summer to put civilians through a gruelling circuit of exercises on the north Cornish beach.


The sessions are designed to give the general public an insight into the kinds of things RAF personnel do on a day-to-day basis.

Participants were paired up and, after a challenging warm up, put on three stations each lasting 10 minutes. It was an all-round work out using a combination of body weight, weights and boxing pads.

Not for the faint-hearted, the sessions are free to attend but donations are encouraged to raise money for Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Families Association and Surf Action.


The next session is taking place at Watergate Bay on 26 July 2014 at 10am. Those interested in joining should contact Corporal Sam Hunt at [email protected].

Sam Hunt (pictured below) is a Physical Training Instructor at RAF St Mawgan and leads the fitness sessions. We put our 20 questions to her:

Beach fitness at Watergate Bay

What is your earliest memory?
Paddling in a tiny blow up pool in Gibraltar when I was three.

Where is your favourite place in Cornwall?
Fowey, I love the quirky little streets.

What’s no.1 on your bucket list?
To go to America.

Camping or glamping?
If it’s nice weather, camping. If it’s raining and cold, glamping!

What is the last book you read?
Fifty Shades Freed.

What is your favourite ice cream flavour?
Mint choc chip.

Who do you most admire?
My sister Sarah, she has the ability to smile in all situations.

Where’s the strangest place you’ve ever spent a night?
In a freezing hangar in the middle of a field.

Early bird or night owl?
Definitely night owl…early mornings aren’t for me.

Favourite kids’ TV show?
Fraggle Rock…may be showing my age slightly there.

What is your favourite word?

Three items you’d take to a desert island?
Matches to light a fire, fishing net to catch food and a mirror (I am a PTI!).

What would your superhero power be?
To be invisible so I could be really nosey.

What’s your greatest achievement?
Representing the Combined Services at Athletics and Cross Country.

Cup of tea or G&T?

What would you choose for your last supper?
Cod fishcakes with baby leaf salad and Thai sweet chilli sauce.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
Pot washing in a busy café in Australia.

Surf or turf?

What’s your favourite album?
#1’s by Destiny’s Child.

The best thing about living in Cornwall is…
The beautiful scenery and being so close to the sea.

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