Messy! Centre manager toughs it out for heroes
1:50pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
A shopping centre manager from Ramsbottom has raised more than £800 for charity by “toughing it out” in a gruelling fitness challenge.
Malcolm Angus, manager of Crompton Place in Bolton, was part of a seven-strong team who took part in the Tough Mudder event in Dalkeith near Edinburgh – a challenge designed by members of the Special Forces.
Tough Mudder events feature 10-12 mile obstacle courses to test strength, stamina, determination and camaraderie.
Malcolm, who hails from Dundee and now lives in Ramsbottom, raised money for Help For Heroes – a cause close to him because several family members have either served or are in the forces.
The 44-year-old said: “I have had some terrific support from my colleagues at Crompton Place towards my final sponsorship total of £810 and I am really grateful to everyone who has contributed because I really didn’t expect to raise so much.
“The event was very tough and strangely enough, it wasn’t so much the obstacles which were the difficult bit but the running inbetween which was hard.
“I think once you got to the obstacles, you just focused on getting over them together and we had quite a laugh doing it, so it definitely helped being in a team, which the organisers recommend.
“There were seven of us doing it, one woman and six men. Originally there was double that number signed up but slowly the number dwindled, I think as people slowly realised what it involved!”
Malcolm’s father served in the Army in Northern Ireland during the troubles in the 1960s, and his uncle was in the forces. More recently, his cousin has served with the RAF in Iraq and Afghanistan, and another cousin has recently left the air force.
“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,” he said.
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