Seven intrepid members of Legacy Hotels and Resorts tested every muscle and put vanity to one side to complete the Mud Runner Classic at Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire.
Chief executive Andy Townsend, his fellow board members managing director Jim Gordon, group operations director Kevin Skeet, human resources director Helen Parrett and commercial director David Biesok along with Teena Giles-Moore, PA to the chief executive and managing director, and Robbie Kennedy, group revenue and distribution assistant, completed the gruelling 12.5km course.
Overcoming different tests of strength, endurance and co-ordination over various obstacles while jumping, swimming or crawling in the Mud Runner meant Team Legacy raised £3,700 with gift aid for the Save the Children fund to help one million children who have been displaced by the Syrian crisis.
Jim, who had the advantage of having done the Mud Runner last year, said he was proud of all the team for finishing a punishing assault course in the mud.
“Nothing quite prepares you for trying to run or jump through lots and lots of mud – but, in a bizarre way, it is quite good fun,” he said.
“There was a bit of training involved – not much by some members of the team! – and we were all determined to cross the finishing line since we had decided we wanted to raise money for Save the Children’s work in Syria. “I survived the Mud Runner last year and thought it would be a good idea to put a team together. We all enjoyed it and I think we are all desperate to do it again next year!
“It’s the sort of cross-country event where you hate it while you are doing it but afterwards you feel good about it and want to do it again.
“The Mud Runner took us varying times to finish from two-and-a-half hours to three-and-a-half hours but we all completed the course and, more importantly, raised funds for a very worthwhile cause.”
Pictured: The successful Legacy Hotels team who completed the Mud Runner Classic