Scotland 7s pushed to the limit in Glasgow Uni fitness challenge

Scotland 7s players Chris Dean and Neil Herron were at Glasgow University’s Stevenson gym today promoting the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s (Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May).

The players were challenging gym members to see how long they could hold the plank for and how many push-ups they could do in a minute.

Though the players’ fitness was impressive ahead of the eighth leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series at Scotstoun Stadium in 10 days time, there were some uber-fit gym members who gave them a run of their money.

For the push-ups, Chris Dean set a benchmark of 79 in one minute and was closely contested by Iyare Nehikhare who missed his record by one, with 78.

In the plank, Neil Herron was looking strongest out of the players and he initially set a four minute 15 seconds target to beat. However, this exercise seemed to be a bit of a speciality among the female members with student Hazel and trainer April Logan smashing his time with four minutes 30 seconds and six minutes respectively.

Sevens in the City - Saturday 27 April - St Enoch's Square

On Saturday (27 April, 12 noon-4pm), the build-up to the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s will continue with 11 players in Glasgow city centre, next to St Enoch’s underground station at the bottom of Buchanan Street taking part in a fun taster event, suitable for all the family from 12 noon-4pm.

There will be inflatables, music, dancers and a chance to gather autographs and meet the players at the Sevens in the City event.

Iyare gets 79 push-ups in a minute

April gets 6 minutes on the plank

Scotland 7s fitness leader board

Notes to editors

Get your tickets now!

Tickets for the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s tournament, the eighth leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series, are on sale now from £15 per day. All concessions are at half the equivalent adult price. Tickets will be sold for particular stands and designated days, with two-day ‘weekend’ tickets also available. Buy your tickets now.

Tickets can also be purchased at Scotstoun Stadium and Scotstoun Leisure Centre and the SECC near Glasgow’s city centre or through their booking site

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Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s

Scotland are hosting the penultimate leg of the circuit, for a second year, at The Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s, which will take place at Scotstoun Stadium on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May 2013.

The Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s is part of the HSBC Sevens World Series.  The event, led by Scottish Rugby, is a partnership with Glasgow Life, Glasgow City Council, the Scottish Government and Event Scotland with the assistance of sportscotland and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau:

  • The HSBC Sevens World Series is a globally recognised event featuring 16 international teams and visiting cities across the world.
  • Glasgow joins the Gold Coast, Dubai, Port Elizabeth, Wellington, Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and London in hosting the competition between 2012 and 2014.
  • Scotstoun Stadium will host 30,000 fans over two days of competition in the penultimate leg of the series.
  • Glasgow is the host city of the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and the HSBC Sevens World Series is a key part in creating a legacy for the games.