Breast Cancer Now supporter, Maria, recently put on a 'Kilos for a Cure' event, which saw over 40 athletes compete and raised over £2,000.

Tuesday 15 November 2016      Community blog
The Kilos for a Cure team

The Kilos for a Cure team

This year, Maria de Lamerens hosted 'Kilos for a Cure' for the second time at the Crossfit Gym in Canada Water. The event had 40 athletes competing from gyms across London, all pushing to beat their own personal bests and raise money in the process. Read on to find out more about the event and Maria's story...


This year's Kilos for a Cure brought together athletes, their friends, families and even a few pets – there was such a great atmosphere in the gym. I love seeing our community grow, meeting new people, and hearing about why they’re taking part in this event. We all know so many men and women whose lives have been affected by breast cancer, so it just made sense that we would put on a workout to raise money for Breast Cancer Now. We raised over £2000 this year, and now can’t wait to beat our personal best at Kilos for a Cure 2017!

My motivation for supporting Breast Cancer Now

One of the key missions in our gym, CrossFit 1864, and one of the values that we hope to instil in our members is a desire and drive to give back to the community. We all know so many men and women whose lives have been affected by breast cancer, so it just made sense that for one of our charity events, we would put on a workout to raise money for the fight against breast cancer.

The idea of ‘Kilos for a Cure’

I am originally from the USA, and the CrossFit gym I visit when I’m back home (Mad City CrossFit) hosts 'Grace for KDH', in support of the local hospital, King’s Daughters. I loved the concept so much, loved seeing a gym give back to their community and wanted to host a similar event back at our gym back in London. And so, Kilos for a Cure was born!

During the event, each athlete found their 1 rep max clean & jerk (a weightlifting move) and then completed the CrossFit benchmark workout, 'Grace': 30 clean & jerks for time. We awarded prizes to the Fastest Grace, the Heaviest Clean & Jerk, the Best Dressed Athlete and also the athlete who we felt represented the spirit of the event.

The event and all its success

This is our second year hosting the event and we had 40 athletes competing, from CrossFit and Weightlifting gyms across London. We had lots of spectators cheering on the athletes during the event. It was a great atmosphere and such a great buzz.

In addition to Grace and the 1 rep max Clean & Jerk competition, we had bookies taking bets from the spectators: who would get the fastest time, who would drop the bar first, how much would the athlete in Lane 2 lift, who would make the most noise during their clean & jerk attempt, and so on. It was a great way to spice up the competition between athletes, get the spectators involved and, of course, raise more money for the charity.

We were very proud to raise £2000 this year, all thanks to the generosity of our athletes, their friends and families, and the companies who helped by donating prizes to our event.

My most enjoyable moment

There were so many great parts of the day. Seeing people push themselves and achieve things they didn’t know they could is always inspirational. I also love seeing our community grow, meeting new people, and hearing about why they’re taking part in this event.

However, I think the best moment was when we saw the whole crowd gather around one athlete who was struggling with the workout, cheer her on and encourage her, right up until her very last lift. The smile on her face, and on the face of everyone around her, was electric.


Without a doubt, Maria and Crossfit Gym will be hosting the third Kilos for a Cure in October 2017. Find out more and sign up to our mailing list on the CrossFit 1864 website

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