Bradley and Eliza pull out all the stops for a year of challenge

Bradley Garner and Eliza Embley are gluttons for punishment – they’re doing not one challenge in aid of Bowel & Cancer Research, but 12!

It started when Bradley, 24, felt he had some catching up to do on the running front.

He began his year of challenges by running 50 miles in January.

Then followed a catalogue of endurance events which have involved ploughing through mud, puffing up hills, wading through water, clambering through netting and pushing himself to the limit.

Events so far include The Beast in February, Wild Thing and Gung Ho in April, Born Survivor in May and the Summer Wolf Run in June.

Coming up are the Water Wipeout in July, Wild Warrior in September, Rat Race in October and Winter Wolf Run in November, not forgetting a bungee jump to be fitted into a free slot.

Bradley said:

Rather than sign up for one challenge, I thought I’d go all out and do a full year of them. I put it on Facebook so there was no backing out after that.

Eliza, 25, an art teacher from Newhall, Derbyshire, soon joined in. “I thought I’d do a few of the first ones. Then I decided to do them all,” she said.

“I’m not a runner and some of the events have been really hard, especially the Born Survivor. It was one of the maddest things I’ve done in my life – being trapped in mud and clambering under a cage.”

For Bradley the highlight was also the Born Survivor.

I literally dragged Eliza over the finish line. It was tough but brilliant. The Beast was the worst – I jumped in at the deep end and thought I was going to die!

The couple chose to support four charities including Bowel & Cancer Research.

Eliza’s mum was the reason that they chose to support Bowel & Cancer Research. Lynne passed away in 2016 after a four-year battle with cancer.

Eliza said:

I’m pretty sure my mum would call me an idiot for doing these challenges, but she’d also be very proud.

Chief Executive of Bowel & Cancer Research Deborah Gilbert thanked the pair for their support. “We are sorry that Lynne Embley lost her life to cancer at such a young age. Our aim is to ensure that no one should die of bowel cancer in future and we can only do that with the help of our fantastic fundraisers,” she said.

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Are you looking to take on a gutsy fundraising challenge? View a full list of events here