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DAD JAMES PREPARES FOR TOUGHEST CHARITY CHALLENGE

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DAD JAMES PREPARES FOR TOUGHEST CHARITY CHALLENGE

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A FATHER of two from Uttoxeter is determined to rise to the challenge when he tackles a notorious obstacle course in support of a children's charity.

James Bastock is expecting one of his toughest-ever tests in the gruelling Tough Mudder – a 12-mile race described by organisers as an examination of ‘strength, stamina and mental grit’.
But the 37-year-old has promised to complete the course – even if it takes him several hours.
James, who lives in Demontfort Way, will be part of a 12-strong Stafford-based team taking part in Sunday’s event at Cholmondley Castle in Cheshire.
He’s raising money for the Rainbow Children’s Hospice, which looks after youngsters with life-limiting illness, and is desperate to reach his £1,000 target.
“I know how difficult the Tough Mudder event is, but I like to challenge myself now and again and I wanted to help make a difference to others by raising money for a good cause,” said James, a senior finance manager for Marks & Spencer.
“I was actually roped into it by my sister-in-law Jo Richardson, who’s also taking part as part of our Central Staffs Crossfit team.
“But I’m now looking forward to it in a weird way. It will be horrible, wet and exhausting, but I’m determined to finish the course.”
The Tough Mudder, first held in the U.S in 2010, has become a world-famous endurance event in which runners must combine with team members to negotiate obstacles which play on human fear, such as fire, water, electricity and heights.
James, who manages the Uttoxeter Juniors under-11s football team, explained why he chose the Hospice as the beneficiary of his efforts.
“It’s a charity which provides support to children and their families who are obviously going through very difficult times.
“That struck a chord with me as I have two amazing boys (aged 10 and 7) and I’d never want to say goodbye to them during my own lifetime so I can’t think of a more worthy cause.”
Donations can be made by going to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/james-bastock

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