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'Tough Mudder' raises thousands for charity

Mark in training for the event Credit: Mark Holloway

A soldier who was injured in Afghanistan has raised thousands of pounds for the Help For Heroes charity by competing in one of the most gruelling races there is. The Tough Mudder challenge in Cheshire this weekend involves battling through obstacles designed by the special forces. And Mark Holloway completed it not once but twice, raising £5000 for the charity. His next goal is an even longer circuit in the US to double that amount.


The Lancashire soldier training for the world's toughest obstacle course

If you're settling on the couch looking forward to a lazy weekend, this next story may make you feel guilty.

Because injured serviceman Mark Holloway, from Burscough in Lancashire, is going to take on a challenge that would leave many of us in bits.

It's one thing doing an assault course, but another completing the world's toughest Tough Mudder.

Tim Scott reports:

Former soldier finishes final leg of 8,000-mile trek

Christian Nock has walked 8000 miles Credit: Christian Around Britain support page

A former soldier will complete the very last leg of an 8,000 mile walk around the UK coastline today.

Christian Nock has slept rough throughout the trek to highlight the plight of many ex servicemen who face homelessness and unemployment.

Today, he will set off on the last part of his epic journey from North Pier in Fleetwood at 10:30. He will walk 500m to the South Pier along the promenade, before declaring the trip complete.

He has raised £2500 for charity.

Former soldier speaks of joy at end of 8000-mile trek

A former soldier says he "cried" at seeing Blackpool Tower at the end of a 8000-mile trek around the UK coast.

Christian Nock started his journey from the resort in August 2012. His walk has raised £200,000 for the charity Help for Heroes.

The ex-serviceman slept rough on every stage of his journey, to raise awareness of the plight of homeless war veterans.