11th June 2015

Colleagues take on muddy challenge

A group of seven colleagues will need all of their team spirit when they line up for the Mud Runner challenge on Sunday 28th June in aid of St Richard’s Hospice.

The colleagues, who all work at Atkins in Worcester, will take on the Oblivion Mud Runner challenge at Eastnor Castle. They will need to work together, using all of their stamina and endurance, to successfully navigate the uncompromising course designed to test the limits of off-road vehicles.

Some of the team are members of Atkins’ sports and social group, which are taking on a number of physical challenges to raise money for St Richard’s Hospice and other selected local charities.

The team chose St Richard’s Hospice as one of the charities they wanted to support as many have family connections with the hospice, and know people who have been cared for or have worked at the hospice.

Nicola Dufton, whose father was cared for by the hospice, will be joined by Jennings Blake, Tracey Bentley, Matt Roberts, Liam Innis, Steve Grundy and Terri Misters. The team will tackle the Oblivion Mud Runner course, a muddy 10km/ 6 mile run around the Eastnor Castle Estate interspersed at regular intervals by challenging obstacles. The group will help each other over the obstacles and intend to cross the finishing line together as a team.

Ms Dufton said; “I don’t really like running or the idea of getting plastered in mud, but St Richard’s is such an amazing charity and is the reason I am doing this. My Father passed away there last year and the staff and the facilities were just brilliant, and made the whole situation much easier to cope with than if we had been at home.”

Jennings Blake added; “My sister was suffering from cancer and was due to go to St Richard’s Hospice but she passed away suddenly. I promised her I would continue her fight and believe that the work that St Richard’s provides to patients and their families is invaluable to the community.”

To donate to the team’s fund, visit justgiving.com/Atkins-Barmy-Army/