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Pictures from the Endurer Dash event. 500 people took part in 8k obstacle course in aid of Help for Heroes at Barlow, 22 Sept 2012
Pictures from the Endurer Dash event. 500 people took part in 8k obstacle course in aid of Help for Heroes at Barlow, 22 Sept 2012
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FEARLESS competitors battled their way around muddy ravines and bogs, across tough obstacles and through a murky, cold lake in a tough challenge to raise money for injured troops.

The Endurer event was held for the second time, at the Barlow Hunt’s base near Owler Bar, on the outskirts of Sheffield, and attracted nearly 600 people.

There was a solo ‘Endurer Dash’ on Saturday, where entrants attempted to beat a Royal Marine around the five-mile course, followed by a team race in which competitors had to take a log around the same route on Sunday.

Sheffield University lecturer Adam Dunajko defended the solo title he won in the first event, last March, completing the course in 42 minutes and 17 seconds.

Two other competitors also beat the marine Marc Bird who had been invited to take part as the pace-setter and finished fourth.

Pete Pollard, a former Royal Marine who runs Hope Valley Health Club, in Hathersage, organised the event with other former marines but was unable to attend due to an illness which left him in hospital.

His wife Tara, who was at the course on both days, said: “It was really well-supported, some competitors had come from Newcastle and down south. We hope to have raised several thousand pounds for Help for Heroes.”

The course was put together by Pete and former Royal Marines colleague, Simon Lane, who went on a fact-finding inspection of a current marines’ assault course in Plymouth to design the obstacles.

Runners, including The Star’s Richard Marsden and Polly Rippon, started with a lung-busting ascent of ‘heart attack hill’ before working their way around the route which ended with a 40ft waterslide.

Reporter Polly, who was running with friends from Yorkshire Ambulance Service, said: “It was a brilliant event, really well-organised and a great laugh.”

Pete said he hopes to hold Endurer events next year. www.endurerevents.co.uk for details.