Shopping centre boss takes on Tough Mudder challenge
7:00am Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
A SHOPPING centre manager is training for a charity fitness challenge designed by members of the Special Forces and described as one of the toughest on the planet.
Malcolm Angus, Manager of Crompton Place shopping centre, will form a team with five friends for the Tough Mudder event in Dalkeith near Edinburgh on Saturday.
Mr Angus, who hails from Dundee originally and now lives in Ramsbottom, will raise money for Help For Heroes.
It is a cause close to his heart as several close family members have either served or are in the forces.
The 43-year-old, who has been in charge at Crompton Place for seven years, said: “My late father Colin was in the army and served in Northern Ireland during the troubles, in the 60s. I also have an uncle who was in the military.
“My cousin is currently in the RAF based in Lossiemouth and has had several tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Another cousin has recently left the RAF to join the police so there is quite a proud heritage within my family of serving within the forces so Help For Heroes just seemed a good charity for me to raise money for.”
Competitors are faced with 10 to 12 mile obstacle courses designed by Special Forces to test strength, stamina, determination and camaraderie.
Mr Angus said: “When we are doing it, it will be hell on earth but once we are finished and in the pub, I think we will be having a good laugh about what we have just achieved.
“There are six of us doing it together, one woman and five men. Originally there was double that number signed up but slowly the number has dwindled, I think as people have slowly realised what is involved.
“We have all been in training for about six months.
“It has meant lots of sessions in the gym and I have been training at least five days a week in preparation for it.”
He added: “With a sense of some trepidation, I am looking forward to it now and our aim is really to finish the course which we all know is going to be really tough.
“I have already raised almost £300 in sponsorship so all the hard work already feels worth it.”
For more information about Crompton Place go to www.crompton-place.co.uk
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