Muddy marvellous way to raise money for charity
JCB Marketing Manager Alex Wood is among hundreds of people limbering up for an exciting charity events of the year: the JCB Mud Run.
The 27-year-old, who works at JCB's World HQ is Rocester, Staffordshire, is among one of the first competitors to sign up for the event in aid of the NSPCC, JCB's nominated charity. The JCB Mud Run will involve hundreds of entrants running, walking, slithering and sliding their way around 20 obstacles across a 5 mile course on JCB land near to the World HQ. It is expected to attract hundreds of competitors from across Staffordshire and beyond.
Alex said: "I play a lot of sport but have never taken part in a mud run. They are growing in popularity across the UK and the JCB Mud Run will be great fun as well as putting my fitness to the test. I'm really looking forward to taking part."
Hayley Lowndes, 26, Community Liaison Manager at the JCB Academy, Rocester, is also taking part. She said: "I've never done a mud run before but having had a practice session, I'm really looking forward to it."
The event will take place on Saturday November 10th and will raise money towards JCB's £1 million NSPCC Appeal which is paying for a specialist centre in Newcastle, Staffs, dedicated to saving babies and young children across Staffordshire from abuse and harm. Competitors can enter via www.eightpointtwo.co.uk and run either as an individual or as a team of four. Entry is in advance only and closes on 9th November 2012.
JCB is working with specialist challenge event organiser Eight Point Two to build, excavate, construct and lift challenging obstacles into place that competitors will climb over, swim through, swing across and slide down in this charity mud run that will test the endurance, co-ordination and strength of the participants.
Matt McClurg, JCB's Worldwide Marketing Director said: "Mud runs are increasing in popularity around the world and this will be a real fun way of raising money for JCB's NSPCC Appeal. In addition, the strength and endurance needed to complete the course fits well with JCB's brand and machines."
Entry is strictly limited to 1,500 places and every penny of every registration fee will be donated to the NSPCC. Competitors will be allowed to be cheered on by supporters but these must also be registered in advance to ensure that they can be transported to the start.