Group takes on ‘dirty’ challenge for charities

Anthony Gurhy (centre), with Steph Porter, Lewis Sitko, Paul Baldwin, Teresa Cunliffe, Ste Barlow, Chris Parrish, and Kerri Harrison
Anthony Gurhy (centre), with Steph Porter, Lewis Sitko, Paul Baldwin, Teresa Cunliffe, Ste Barlow, Chris Parrish, and Kerri Harrison

SOME climb a mountain, others may run a marathon.

But when Lewis Sitko and pals decided to raise money for charity, they decided to take it to the extreme.

The group are taking on the ‘Tough Mudder’ challenge which consists of 27 obstacles along a 12-mile course. Among the terrifying things which stand in their way are iced-water, 10,000 volts of electricity and plenty of mud.

The group has been taking part in the vigorous Spartan training offered up at SB fitness in Ormskirk Road in Newtown, run by trainer Steve Barlow.

Steve launched the training last year and has seen it go from strength to strength. The group will be raising money for three charities.

Lewis is raising funds for the neo-natal unit at Wigan infirmary after his son Joel spent a short time there last year when he was born.

He said: “Fortunately my son wasn’t there very long but there are some babies there who are very poorly.

“The neo-natal unit to an amazing job caring for both the babies and their families so I just want to do something that will help them.” The other money raised will be for children with autism and people suffering from Sarcoidosis, a disease which sees abnormal collections of chronic inflammatory cells form in various organs.

One of the competitors, Paul Baldwin, lost his mother Marie to the illness around 10 years ago. The group will take part in the event on November 17 in Malpas, Cheshire, and are busy training at SB Fitness.

If you want to sponsor any of the charities, e-mail wiganspartanwarriors@hotmail.co.uk