Eight South Holland sporting figures hope to have raised close to £2,000 for charity after completing a gruelling ‘tough guy’ event.
Danny Hussey, Matt Warfield, Kevin Childs, Martyn Cundy, Sam Cook, Ben Williamson, Dean Grummit and Paul Gray all finished the Tough Guy/Nettle Warrior 17km assault course at Wolverhampton on Sunday.
The lads were among 2,500 athletes to take on the course, with around half unable to reach the finishing line.
They took part in the unforgiving event in a bid to raise money for the Dreams Come True Charity (DCTC) – and Hussey admits that he and his seven comrades are proud of their efforts.
The Spalding United player/coach said: “I’m still feeling it a bit now if I’m honest!It was tough, but I got through it.
“I’m proud that we all finished the course, especially considering how many couldn’t.
“We raised around £1,000 through donations online and hope to be close to £2,000 when we’ve collected the rest.
“On behalf of the lads, I’d just like to thank everyone that sponsored us.
“We’re now looking at competing in the winter version of the event in January. That one is even tougher, with the water temperature below freezing. We must be mad!”
The eight athletes took on a 17km cross-country run before entering the ‘killing fields’ – an obstacle course boasting A-frames, muddy trenches, barbed wire, fire and 6ft stinging nettles.
St John’s Ambulance paramedics had to treat 60 participants at the scene for minor injuries.