Hundreds get moving with Hector

The prospect of aerobics might usually have people running a mile in the opposite direction, but not in Limerick.

More than 600 people yesterday attended Ireland’s Biggest Simultaneous Aerobics Class on 2FM’s Breakfast with Hector show, with the irrepressible Gaelgóir putting those gathered at the University of Limerick’s Arena Sport’s Hall through their paces.

With Hector Ó hEochagáin leading the way, other guests included RTÉ The Gym’s Richie Clifford; members of the Six Nations winning Irish women’s rugby team; players from Limerick FC; Mayor of Limerick, Gerry McLoughlin; and Paralympic rower Shane Ryan.

Gyms around the country joined in the mass aerobic workout, and back in UL the crowd included four generations of the Richie Clifford family — from two-year-old grandson Rueben, to Richie’s daughter Joanna and also father, 82-year-old Phonfie!!, who won the Dublin Marathon in the over-80s category in 2011 and again last year.

Another person leaping around UL yesterday was Kitty Quinn, who first began attending Richie’s classes in 1996 and who brought along a year book with a picture of her in one of Richie’s classes in 1998. She even owes her current relationship to Richie’s classes, having met her partner after her first class before getting together three years ago.

It was all very simultaneous, which was the idea, and Hector said: “When I met Richie Clifford a few months ago, he had such energy and enthusiasm for aerobics I knew the show had to get the people of Ireland involved.

“Seeing hundreds of people in University of Limerick, working out together and hearing from gyms around the country doing the same, has been a great start to my day.”

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