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Members of Buckingham Rugby Club had an unusual fitness session when they took part in a charity hound exercise with The Farmers Bloodhounds.

The Bloodhounds raised more than double the amount they hoped to collect for Warwickshire and Northamptonshire air ambulance making £2,085 so far.

Rugby players, including Jamie Temple — who is also second whip with the Bloodhounds — attempted to out-run the bloodhounds over a four-mile line near Stowe on Wednesday 31 August.

The caps from 74 riders, along with sponsorship and donations made via their Justgiving page all went to the charity.

Jamie Temple said: “At the end of the day you never know when you will need the air ambulance’s services, it could be out hunting or on the rugby field.”

Bloodhounds secretary Ginny Oakley said: “The rugby club fared well although some were a little alarmed by the size of the hounds!

“Jamie, who is also captain of the rugby club’s first team, ran with the rugby club — he certainly looked a little hotter than he normally does when riding with the hounds at the end.”