Team to take on town’s toughest course

7/3/13  Employees at Vocalink in Harrogate are taking part in the Yorkshire Warrior Race  , warming up are  l to r.. Neil Kidd, Steve Garlick, Simon Williams, Jason Wise and Chris Laycock.
7/3/13 Employees at Vocalink in Harrogate are taking part in the Yorkshire Warrior Race , warming up are l to r.. Neil Kidd, Steve Garlick, Simon Williams, Jason Wise and Chris Laycock.
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It may be “madness” but a group of determined athletes from Harrogate are to take on the town’s toughest ever challenge for charity.

The group of colleagues are to attempt the Yorkshire Warrior in April to raise money for Harrogate charity Henshaws.

And despite their varied experience in similar ‘Tough Mudder’ style courses, the group are becoming anxious about the challenge they have taken on.

“It’s madness,” said team member Simon Williams, whose idea it was initially to take part. “It’s a 10-mile obstacle course with up to 30 different obstacles. We’re going to be running through the river at Crimple Beck. Over hay bales. Through a railway tunnel.

“We will be totally immersed in water at one point. At first I just thought it would be a laugh. I convinced various like-minded people at work and luckily they all said yes.

“We’ve all done some pretty tough challenges in the past, but it’s been a few years since we’ve done anything like this.”

The Yorkshire Warrior, on land at Rudding Park on Saturday April 20, is Harrogate’s first ever obstacle course.

It will see participants running through darkened tunnels, wading upstream through the River Crimple, ducking under ice cold water and barbed wire fences and tackling hay bales, water canons and a mountain of loose chippings.

Five out of six people in the team work at Vocalink in Harrogate.

Mr Williams, 44, from the Saints area of Harrogate, has done numerous triathlons in the past as well as the Marathon des Sables, a 250km trek across the Sahara Dessert.

Steve Garlick, 49, from Marton cum Grafton, has run across the deserts in Libya and Gobi while Chris Laycock, 46, from central Harrogate has also done a lot of triathlons.

Other team members Jason Wise, 35, grew up in Knaresborough but now lives in York, while Neil Carass, 31, has done marathons and the bed race.

The final member, Neil Kidd of Bilton, 32, is said to be the team’s ‘surprise package’.

“He’s not done anything like this at all before,” said Simon. “He could be the dark horse, the one to show us all up.

“We are just doing our own bits and pieces of training. But how can you prepare for something like this? It’s going to be stop start all the way.

“We are raising money for Henshaws as it is a local charity. It’s a charity that, through work, we’ve been involved in for quite a few years. We want to keep it local.”

To sponsor the team visit www.justgiving.com/Vocalink-Yorkshire-Warriors or text VLYW99£and the amount to 70070.