Runners ready to test mettle on muddy race

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HUNDREDS of eager runners are preparing to brave tough obstacles to help raise funds for wounded troops.

The Endurer Dash race is taking place for a third time on Saturday, April 13, at Barlow, with organisers promising tricky new tests for those taking part.

As well as navigating bogs, taking a swim through a pond and hauling themselves over high walls, there will be a maze, climbing section and a ‘fireman’s lift’ – involving carrying a log or sandbag over an obstacle.

Organiser Pete Pollard, who designed the course after visting the Royal Marines training facilities in Devon, said: “We have 550 people who have signed up to the race, which is about 100 more than the last event in September.

“The maximum capacity is around 600 so there are just a few places left.”

Pete said the first two races, held in March and September last year, have raised a total of about £1,200 for charity Help for Heroes, which assists wounded service personnel.

The donations have come from part of the fee racegoers are charged to take part.

Pete said: “Many people taking part were also collecting their own sponsorship.”