On a cold, wet and windy October morning in Cornwall, UK, 5 intrepid and committed supporters of Down Syndrome International and the Down's Syndrome Association took on the gruelling coastal obstacle race and mud run known as "Holy Grit".
Combining a 6km or 12km run over sand dune, beach, shallow river bed, coastal cliff paths and open fields with 30 punishing obstacles, should not be anyone's idea of fun! Throw cold driving rain and wind into the mix and it is fair to say our runners really "went the extra mile" on this occasion.
Andrew Boys, Executive Director of DSi (pictured right) said "I don't know what I was expecting from this race, but it fulfilled all my fears. Within 10 minutes of the start I was covered in thick mud with no sign of my DSi logo on my t-shirt! 10 minutes after that I was climbing a 50m sand dune, my hair full of mud and sand, carrying 2 sand bags on my back. From that point on it was a question of getting to the finish line in one piece. It was tough, but the scenery and the support were amazing and I am very glad we took this challenge on."
Tough indeed! Thank you to Andrew and his wife Sarah, James Draper, Sarah Styles and Claire Florey who raised more than £1,600 to support the work of DSi and the Down's Syndrome Association. Thank you also to all those who supported and donated to see them to the finish line.
For further information on the event visit the Holy Grit website.
If you would like to learn more or are considering taking part in 2018, please contact Becky Penrose firstname.lastname@example.org.