Yate engineer to go through 'toughest challenge on the planet'
A YOUNG engineer so touched by tales of a charity’s work with injured soldiers in Afghanistan is putting himself through a tough Army challenge.
Mike Griffin, 22, is in training for the Tough Mudder assault course, billed as ‘the toughest challenge on the planet’, in South Wales on Saturday, September 21.
Mike, of Sturmer Close in Yate, will complete the gruelling 12-mile course, designed by the Special Forces to test people’s strength, stamina and determination, to raise money for Troop Aid which helps injured soldiers in Afghanistan.
The former The Ridge and Katharine Lady Berkeley's School student, who also works as bar manager at Henry’s Oriental in Chipping Sodbury, said hearing about the charity’s work had really affected him.
"I’ve never done anything like this before but this really touched me," he told the Gazette. "It’s the only thing that has ever motivated me to do something for charity."
Mike heard about Troop Aid, which is run by an office manager supported by volunteers, through a friend of his parents.
"They give a bag to every single injured soldier, no matter how bad the injury, before they are flown home from Camp Bastion," said Mike.
"Each one has a card saying get well soon from schoolchildren or Guides or Brownies and a mobile phone with credit, toiletries, flip flops and some clothes.
"A lot of injured soldiers don’t have any means of contacting the people they want to because the main priority is to get them home safely and they have to leave all their stuff in Afghanistan.
"All that is done by people who get nothing for it and they don’t want anything whatsoever. I think that is brilliant but not many people know about it so I want to raise some money and awareness."
Mike has been training hard for the assault course, full details of which are not released until two weeks before the event but will include an ice water swim, fire run, a lot of mud and electric shocks.
"I used to be a gymnast but I gave up sports a long time ago," he said. "I started off training a couple of nights a week and then converted my garage into a gym. I think I will be able to run 12 to 15 miles comfortably and I’m doing a lot of training on my strength.
"I want to do another one next year already."
Mike is hoping to raise over £1,000, to sponsor him visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/troopaid_toughmudder
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