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New mud challenge event to raise money for St Giles Hospice

A new fundraising drive will challenge people to take on a muddy assault course to raise money for St Giles Hospice.

Aaron Coleman, Pete Woollard, Karen Coleman, Laura Collins, and Liz Woollard prepare for the St Giles Mud Challenge

Aaron Coleman, Pete Woollard, Karen Coleman, Laura Collins, and Liz Woollard prepare for the St Giles Mud Challenge

The Whittington-based charity will host its Mud Challenge on October 11.

The event will see participants take on a 5km assault course complete with plenty of mud, water and obstacles.

The event has been organised with the help of Pete Woollard, founder of Lichfield’s Phoenix Fit Camp.

He said: “St Giles approached me with an idea to help develop the event because of my background in fitness and experience of this type of challenge, which has now become really popular.

“The Mud Challenge 2015 will feature some of the more basic obstacles, such as a tyre run and hay bale pyramid, but we’ve also come up with our own activities which are a little different.

“The first obstacle is the ‘skip slip’, which involves some old skips we’re using to make mud baskets, so people climb up hay bales to jump into muddy water.

“I do have an affiliation with St Giles, as my mum has always volunteered for them and she’s now 80 and still works in a hospice every week.

“It’s absolutely amazing to be involved in this event – it’s all starting to come together now and feel real. It’s a fantastic opportunity for people to challenge themselves, have fun and raise money for a good cause.”

The event will be held at Cliff Lakes Water Park in Tamworth.

Pete added: “The course will be challenging but do-able, as we’ve really focused on making sure it’s a lot of fun

“For anyone who has told themselves they’ll do something like this but hasn’t, now is your chance as this event a great way to challenge yourself and prove that you can do it, while also raising money for St Giles.

“We’re hoping to have a lot of teams taking part in the fundraiser, which is great for anyone who may feel a bit apprehensive, as you have someone there for support.”

All participants will receive a free T-shirt to wear on the day, plus a medal and goody bag at the finish line.

Entry is £30 per person, with early bird tickets available for £25 until August 31. Entrants must be aged 18 or over.

To sign up visit the St Giles website.

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