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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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Gruelling obstacle course on Cumbrian harbourside to raise thousands for charity

A gym owner is hoping to put a 50-strong team together for the Hell on the Harbourside charity event.

Lee Butterworth photo
Lee Butterworth

Whitehaven harbour will host the gruelling challenge on Sunday, May 19 in which entrants will test their strength, stamina and endurance in an intense obstacle course.

Lee Butterworth, who runs Xtreme Fitness in Lillyhall, wants to enter a team of between 40 and 50 people to help raise as much money as possible for Cash for Kids.

Lee said: “I chose the charity that is the most local one.

“Although it’s a competition we are not going to do it in such a way that we are trying to win it. It will be about joining in and having a good day.

“It will be more of a team-building exercise than a race.

“But we do have one lad who says ‘I think I can win this!’”

The group will be known as Team Xtreme though Lee has stressed that you don’t have to be a member of his gym to join his team.

Among the obstacles lining the arena will be Heartbreak Ridge, The Cobble Hobble, Power Shower and the Up and Under – all of which have been designed by former military personnel.

The event is the first of its kind in west Cumbria.

Entrants have the option to take on two courses; ‘Tough’, which is four miles over 15 obstacles, or ‘A La’al Bit Tougher’, which six miles over 20 obstacles.

Most of Team Extreme will be doing the six-mile course but Lee and his fitness instructor have opted to do the four-mile option.

“That will give us a chance to give the others a hand,” he said.

Lee has 23 confirmed entries so far. Participants can choose to donate their entry fee to the Great North Air Ambulance Pride of Cumbria, the North West Air Ambulance, or Cash for Kids.

The entry fee is £26 which includes insurance and medical cover.

The closing date for entries is Monday, April 15.

A challenge spokesman said that had 180 participants had agreed to take part so far.

A challenge spokesman said that a “conservative estimate” for how much raised would be £10,000 including individual sponsorship.

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