Freezing mud run could be a life saver

Team SLC at the Airfield Anarchy Frostbite mud run at Newark. Photo: Kevin Skeith. EMN-151117-101234001

Team SLC at the Airfield Anarchy Frostbite mud run at Newark. Photo: Kevin Skeith. EMN-151117-101234001

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A team of keen mud runners are to tackle an 8km obstacle course in potentially freezing conditions to raise £800 for an automated defibrillator for the town.

The 14 members of Team SLC will be tackling the 40-obstacle Airfield Anarchy ‘Frostbite’ course at Newark Airfield on February 13.

Chris Degnan, who runs The Griddle snack bar on East Road with his wife Emma, are part of Team SLC. He explained a team of six of them, who regularly train or work at Sleaford Leisure Centre, took part in a mud run at the same venue at the end of October and immediately booked in for the next one, but this time they all thought it important to do it for a good cause.

They decided to raise money to buy an automated public access emergency defibrillator for the Sleaford Leisure Centre, which the centre’s managers, 1Life, have agreed to accept and install. The money would pay for the unit and training to use it.

Chris said: “It is lots of mud, freezing cold water and lots of obstacles to tackle.”

This weekend the need for such a device was brought home to the team when a member’s relative died suddenly.

Mr Degnan said on Monday: “Had one of these machines been in place in the last 24 hours we know first hand it could have saved a life, so it’s now needed more than ever.

“If there had been a defibrillator at the leisure centre her family could have reached it in time and maybe saved her life.”

Each team member hopes to raise at least £30 in sponsorship to reach their target figure.

You can make a donation via their crowd funding page at: https://crowdfunding.just
giving.com/TEAMSLC