Friday, 29 June 2012
The Peace Hospice is launching a brand new fundraising challenge for all local adventurers, thrill seekers, fitness devotees and mud lovers!
The ‘Push it for the Peace’ 5 mile obstacle race will take place in Cassiobury Park on Sunday 23 September at 10am and offers participants a tough course over nets, height and balance obstacles and through tunnels and plenty of muddy water.
Event Manager Nicky Maxwell-Braithwaite said ‘Local people have shown huge support for our Strictly Come Hospice and Starlight Walk events and now we are offering them a fantastic new opportunity. The Hospice faces the enormous challenge of raising £3.8 million this year to keep services running and we are asking people to adopt ‘Push it for the Peace’ as their own personal challenge too.’
While researching obstacles for the event, Nicky and Event Volunteer Becki Ford, travelled to ATR Bassingbourne and met with Sergeant Ian Smedley and some of his recruitment volunteers. Ian, who is an Army Recruitment Officer based in Queens Road Watford, is advising the Hospice on the obstacle course design. He is no stranger to a challenge himself. Ian said ‘Drill and weapons handling are part of our training but it’s the physical fitness preparation which really pushes you the hardest. The final test is an 8 mile run in full combat armour, carrying 44lbs on your back, in under two hours. Conquering that challenge is very rewarding.’
Lance Corporal Katie Watson’s greatest challenge was overcoming her fear of heights. She said 'I'll always be scared of heights but I’ve taught myself to just get on with it.'
For Gunner Willis it was the ‘incredible amount of information you need to take in’ during pre-deployment training for Afghanistan and for Lance Corporal McIntyre, the ‘basic conditions’ while on tour in Iraq.
Closer to home, Event Volunteer Becki admitted that testing out obstacles at ATR Bassingbourne had been gruelling but added ‘Just look at the smiles on our muddy faces. We all pushed ourselves for the Peace Hospice today and enjoyed every minute of it. Roll on 23 September and even more mud!’
To make ‘Push it for the Peace’ your own personal or team challenge, register now
Entrance is open to men and women of all fitness levels, aged 14 and above and costs £20.