Joe Wicks joined by hundreds for the race on Dorset beach

HUNDREDS took to Bournemouth Pier this morning to take part in a 5k race organized and led by renowned fitness trainer Joe Wicks.

The man who helped families stay fit during the lockdown with his online classes was surrounded by a crowd of men, women and children at 7 a.m. outside Harry Ramsden’s restaurant for a run in the morning mist.

The 36-year-old said a few words in the middle of the pose for photos before running off to Boscombe moments after the clock struck 7 a.m.

Ahead of the race, Wicks said it would take around 35 minutes at a “good pace”. Several runners got ahead and returned to the pier’s fish and chips restaurant just after 7.20am.

About 10 minutes later, Wicks and dozens of followers were cheered and cheered as they made their way to the finish line.

In a final thank you, Wicks stood on a railing and congratulated the hundreds of runners who participated and said he would be “back”.

Bournemouth man Dan Gray said: “I loved it. I’ve never run this early as I generally prefer to run at night, but I have to say it’s really refreshing. Getting up was the hard part but I’m glad I did.

“I did most of the [Joe Wicks’] lockdown sessions and that’s what motivated me to go out today.

Friends Rachel and Sophie also participated in the race. When asked what prompted them to participate, Rachel was quick to respond “see Joe Wicks”.

Friends Rachel and Sophie took part in the Joe Wicks 5K run along Bournemouth Beach

The friends laughed before Rachel said, “But seriously, this is Sophie’s first run and it was awesome. No matter how fast you are, you just keep going.

Sophie said: “Rachel needed something special to train me to run a 5k run at 7am. I wasn’t in the back and Rachel was very patient with me, as was Joe. Very glad we did.

Rachel, a regular marathon runner, added: “It was so beautiful, look how many people came to see it and get involved – it’s just awesome. I think more incentives like this from our board would be great. ”

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