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    Grim Challenge 2010 Logo

    Looking for something a little different? GRIM Challenge 2009 - Picture 1

    The GRIM challenge is certainly different! Set at the Army’s Vehicle Test Track in Aldershot it certainly isn’t for the faint hearted and you are certain to get dirty. The setting for James Bonds Die another Day there will be mud, mud and more mud!

    Grim Challenge
    1st & 2nd December 2012

    GRIM Challenge is held over the Army's vehicle testing tracks so expect it to be interesting! It's tough but we know you wouldn't want it any other way!
    Either enter as an individual or round up some mates and enter as a team of three people in either the women only, men only or mixed team categories. There are prizes for the top 5 individuals and top three teams. For some filthy fun, enter now - £25 includes survivors race t-shirt.
    For more details and to sign up before it sells out click here (http://original.grimchallenge.co.uk/)

    Grim DuathlonGRIM Challenge 2009 - Picture 6
    20th October 2012

    The GRIM Duathlon is one of the toughest short-course duathlons in the country. Are you up for the challenge? Take on the trails, hills, mud, water, cammo nets and sand dune on the Army's vehicle testing circuit. All the elements are there to be mastered, but all you'll have will be your trainers and the bike – will you survive? It's also lots of fun. The majority of the competitors are game for a challenge and by no means professionals, so why not give it a go? £35 includes survivors race t-shirt.
    Ready to take on the challenge? Sign up here (http://duathlon.grimchallenge.co.uk/)

    Once you have a place, simply let Paula know on 01206 226500 or [email protected]  for your personalised fundraising pack.

    © Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre (MSRC)

    Victoria Harrison-Cook

    Victoria Harrison-CookFebruary 2012 saw Victoria Harrison-Cook take on the GRIM night terror............

    "It all started in December 2010 when I did the Grim Challenge, an 8.5mile run on army vehicle testing ground through muddy bogs, water and sand dunes. I had relatively recently got back into running and absolutely loved the experience.

    The following week I went to my slimming club and told them all about it as part of my new regime to finally help me get rid of the baby weight I had been carrying since having my daughter.

    So when I saw there was another Grim Challenge a couple of months later – this time in the dark with only a head torch to light the way, I jumped at the chance to sign up. I knew I wanted to raise money for an MS charity as my sister Louise has MS, having been diagnosed three years ago at the ago of 41. I asked her to choose a charity and she chose MSRC and on the same day of contacting them, they posted me a fundraising pack and I set up my JustGiving page.

    I did a lot of training in the run up to the event but was starting to get really nervous at the forecast of a wind chill of -7 degrees and snow! Throughout the day I regularly posted updates on Facebook and the donations were rolling in even from as far away as New York! What’s more, I knew my sister was keeping an eye on the running total and it was so lovely to know how excited she was.

    The snow had started to fall when we arrived at the race and the atmosphere was electric! Everyone was really hyperactive about what was in store and wanted to get going.

    At the start line they announced the water pools had frozen over and that they had tried to smash the ice on some of them with Land Rovers but it had splinted like glass so wasn’t safe and they’d had to change the course.

    Aside from being pitch dark and difficult to see the uneven ground, the snow was going straight into my eyes - I may as well have been running with them closed. Running over the ice I could hear it cracking underneath and was terrified I might end up in the icy water. I remember thinking how apt it was that I was running in freezing temperatures that would cause my sister so much pain and how she used to love exercise so much but is no longer able to. It seemed right that being privileged to have my health I should use it to do some good. I settled down into a steady pace and kept pushing myself on. I was determined to get a good time and beat my husband who was also competing. I finished in 54minutes and came 127th out of 1129 who completed the course and was really chuffed I was the 10th woman to finish and incidentally beat my husband! It felt brilliant, both the physical achievement and to raise over £800 for MSRC!"

    Want to sign up for your own GRIM challenge? Sign up via http://original.grimchallenge.co.uk/ and contact Paula for a fundraising pack on 01206 226500 or email [email protected]

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