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Tough mudder challenge in memory of Frome man

James Bradley, Sarah Surman, Becky Surman and  Jack Harrison after a Marine Commando Challenge last year before Jack and Becky signed up for Tough Mudder.

James Bradley, Sarah Surman, Becky Surman and Jack Harrison after a Marine Commando Challenge last year before Jack and Becky signed up for Tough Mudder.

A FROME woman is to take on a Tough Mudder challenge in memory of her friend who was due to complete the challenge with her before he took his own life. 

Becky Surman will complete the South West Tough Mudder endurance obstacle course on Saturday 16th August as a tribute to her friend Jack Harrison, also from Frome, who had signed up with her last October only to then take his life in December. She will also be completing the course to raise money for Papyrus a national charity aiming to prevent suicide in the young.

The Tough Mudder course is notoriously difficult as it is an endurance race with obstacles. The course is around 12 miles long and at regular intervals participants have to complete obstacle challenges such as crawling through mud, swimming with electric eels, completing a tightrope walk and much more.

Becky said, “The reason I’m doing this crazy challenge is down to a very good friend of mine, who has been there for me for many years. He taught me many unusual skills, he took me caving, he got me through my Gold D of E award, we completed Star Trek and the marine commando challenge together, both raising money for worthy charities and last October we both decided to sign up for tough mudder – no-one else would do it with me!

“Sadly, last December, he took his own life; it was the single most hardest thing I have ever had to deal with. However the way it bought everyone together was truly inspiring. This confirmed I simply had to complete Tough Mudder! So this is for you Jack.

“I have decided to raise money for Papyrus, a fantastic charity that helps prevent young suicide, and also provides help for those supporting friends and family through tough times. I want to show that you can come out the other side stronger and always carrying that person in your heart. I have created a just giving page where you can track my event and most importantly donate to this magnificent charity and would appreciate any support I receive.”

To sponsor Becky visit www.justgiving.com/Becky-Surman.

 

 

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