Slideshow: Pikes put through their paces

Pickering Town sharpened themselves up for the new NCEL season with a bootcamp session on Scarborough’s North Bay beach.

Chris Stringer of Scarborough fitness company Body Complete put on a gruelling session to kick off Pickering’s pre-season in style.

Boss Mitch Cook was delighted with the session and also the fitness of his squad.

He said: “Training on the beach is something we did during my time at Scarborough Town.

“It is great to be able to use the surrounding area, like the hills, the beach and around the castle.

“We got some great help from Chris Stringer of Body Complete, who put on an amazing session for us.

“I would like to thank him and Martin Dowey for organising it.

“The lads really enjoying it, though Chris did work them ridiculously hard. I was really impressed.

“We hope that things like that create something of a bond between the lads.

“Chris was impressed with the fitness of the lads, it just shows that they have been looking after themselves during the summer.

“When you play at this level you need to be fit because it gives you a much better chance of achieving things.”

Cook has also revealed that he has made a quartet of new captures ahead of the forthcoming campaign.

Frank Belt has arrived from Bridlington Town, keeper Tom Woodhead has signed from Frickley, while former York City youngsters Niall Tilsley and Dan Anderson have also joined up.

He added: “Tom came to us at the end of last season because he wasn’t getting a game at Frickley.

“He did well for us so we are looking forward to having him on board.

“Frank is also looking for a new challenge. I have known him for some time and he will be a welcome addition to the squad.”