Mud, sweat and tears of laughter abounded at the KM Charity Team’s first ever Assault Course Challenge near Deal.
Fowlmead Country Park hosted the event on Saturday, where 35 adrenaline-charged teams powered through a course of 19 specially-designed obstacles to raise sponsorship for their favourite good cause.
The fastest team was from The Spires Academy in Canterbury, who raised money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, followed by Change UK from Folkestone and Not So Athletic from Dartford, who were raising money for the Ellenor Lions Hospice. Coincidentally, they were also the champions for overall sponsorship, raising a huge £1, 040 for the hospice.
Teams local to the Deal venue included Philipin Hopeless for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Bootcamp Beautiful Beasts and Circuits Creamy Crushers both in aid of the British Heart Foundation, Team Boobgroup for Deal Breastfeeding Support Group, and Batchelor Coop of Sandwich for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Team spokesman Christopher Cannon said: “We were one of two teams which entered from the Bootcamp Circuits class which meets at Sandwich Leisure Centre, the other being Bootcamp Beautiful Beasts, so we were thrilled to beat their time. A lot of ribbing went on afterwards, and we’ve been comparing our war wounds – only a few scratches and scrapes picked up while we were crawling, and the adrenaline was running so high that we didn’t feel them at the time.
“We found the whole event really enjoyable. It was a great laugh, and we chose the British Heart Foundation as a really worthy cause to get behind.”
A total of £12k was raised for 30 charities represented, including the children’s road safety work of the KM Charity Team. Sponsors of the event from the business community included London Fancy Box Company, Jenkinson Estates and the Fowlmead venue.