A FITNESS expert from South Tyneside led a team of 63 people through a gruelling charity challenge – and raised more than £14,000 in the process.
Lee Tiffin, who runs Black Sheep Fitness Academy, signed himself and all of his students up for Total Warrior – a 10k run with 20 obstacles, including running through a forest made of electrically-charged wires.
The 32-year-old and his team set themselves a target of raising £100 sponsorship each, in aid of Cancer Research, for completing the event in the Lake District. But the group smashed their £6,400 target and raised a total of £14, 320.41 for the good cause.
Father-of-one Mr Tiffin, from Midhurst Avenue, South Shields, chose the charity after his grandad, Robert, 88, was diagnosed with liver and bowel cancer earlier this year, and his wife Eilish’s uncle, Barry Firby, died two years ago after suffering from the disease.
He is delighted with his students and the amount of money they raised.
The former Harton Comprehensive School pupil said: “I’m so proud of everyone that took part.
“It is a bit of a mad event, and very tough, but everyone threw themselves into it and we all had great fun – I think!
“At first, I was just going to do it myself, but then everyone else wanted to join in, which was brilliant.
“That meant we could raise more money, but I never expected to raise this much.”
The event took place a month ago in Shap, Cumbria, but the intrepid team wanted to spend more time raising money after they completed the tough test – which included climbing over 7ft-high walls, crawling through muddy tunnels and carrying logs up a hill.
Mr Tiffin added: “Nearly everyone will have had some experience of cancer, so it’s a charity that people are happy to help out.
“I’d like to thank everyone that sponsored us and helped us raise almost £15,000.”