A cold Sunday in January set the scene for the world-famous event at Wolverhampton (a favourite amongst army personnel) where Matt joined a group of friends to pit his wits against a host of physical and mental challenges.
Matt (25) said: “I watched some friends take part last year and decided to give it ago this year with some other friends – although I was a bit apprehensive about putting my head under the freezing cold water. We had a great time, helping each other out of many 5ft ditches filled with muddy water and ice, climbing over 30ft high climbing frames, across ropes, through many waist high, some chest high ponds, into dark tunnels, under barbed wire, and generally fighting off the cold and cramp.
“It was horrendous and I wanted to give up at several points, but the thought of getting that finishing medal kept me going.”
Matt, who met the £140 entry cost took part in the challenge for charity – raised around £200 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
He added: "I have never done anything more demanding in my life but the sense of achievement far outweighs the pain and cold I went through. I am very lucky to have my health and completing this gruelling assault course and making a difference for others puts things into perspective. Cancer touches the lives of so many people and I just wanted to do my small part to help.”
Matt’s sponsorship amount is still rising, and customers visiting the Duston branch are welcome to donate.
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