AN ASHBOURNE fitness instructor who challenged himself to lug a 23kg backpack around a gruelling 10k assault course says it was “easier then he expected”.
Barry Thraves, who runs BPhysical with his wife, Di, once again took on the infamous X Runner Challenge at Wild Park in Brailsford this year, but opted to carry the equivalent weight of a paramedic’s medical kit to raise funds and awareness for Air Ambulance crews.
Dozens of Ashbourne runners were among the 1,200 people taking part in the extreme obstacle course, which took in climbs, crawls and even swamps over its muddy, exhausting and undulating layout.
Mr Thraves, who convinced an army of his clients to join him on the run, said: “At first it was quite difficult, but after the first lap I just got into it and settled into it quite well.
“It wasn’t anything like as bad as I thought in the end, I had been quite nervous and I knew it was going to be a big challenge but everyone was wishing me luck on the way round and it turned out to be a fantastic day.” To find out more about the fundraising, or to make a donation, call Mr Thraves on 07966 507240.