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TOUGH COOKIE: Man, 83, wows at charity mud run in Berkhamsted with ‘determination and agility’

 Published on: 5th November 2023   |   By: Annabel Stock   |   Category: Uncategorized

An 83-year-old man was one of many adventurous runners who took on the Mudpack Challenge for St Francis Hospice at Ashridge Estate in Berkhamsted.

Competitors choose between a 7km or 14km challenge, and then slide, climb and run a muddy assault course consisting of more than 30 obstacles.

Local personal trainer Paul Stevens, who spent two weeks creating the course for the hospice, expressed his amazement at 83-year-old Brian’s achievement.

He said: “I spotted a green swimming hat approaching the final section of the course. I noticed straightaway that the participant was showing great determination and agility as he bounded and scaled the obstacles.

“His name was Brian, and he’s 83 years old. If I have half the levels of fitness, determination, agility, strength, and mindset as Brian when I am just 63 – let alone 83 – I’ll be a very happy man.”

There was also a first for the event as couple Danielle and Jeremy got engaged at the finish lane.

More than 500 runners took part and raised more than £60,000 for the hospice.

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