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Colne builder’s a real warrior

FIGHTING SPIRIT: Lee Hodgkinson, from Colne, who took part in this year's Yorkshire Warrior challenge (S)

FIGHTING SPIRIT: Lee Hodgkinson, from Colne, who took part in this year's Yorkshire Warrior challenge (S)

A benevolent builder has shown his fighting spirit by completing the gruelling Yorkshire Warrior challenge in aid of Pendleside Hospice.

Lee Hodgkinson, from Hodgkinson Plastering and Building Maintenance, was inspired to take part in the intense 10-mile assault course while on a job with his cousin Shaun Foxcroft.

With only 12 days to prepare for the event Mr Hodgkinson had little time to train, but decided to raise as much money as possible via a Facebook plea.

He has already driven up around £330 for the hospice, where his uncle Alan Leatherbarrow was cared for before his death on Tuesday night.

Mr Hodgkinson, of Lime Street, Colne, said: “When I first signed up I thought it was 10km, and that I could grit my teeth and get through it. But I read on the website two nights before that it was actually 10 miles.

“My uncle was in Pendleside Hospice, so I thought if I am going to do this, I am going to raise some money. They did a really good job looking after him.”

To finish the exhausting course Mr Hodgkinson had to conquer 10 miles of tough terrain, tunnels, rivers and obstacles. This year, nearly 2,000 people participated in the challenge for charities of their choice.

The 29-year-old, who was supported on the day by his partner Emma, added: “It was tough, but it was a great day and everybody was in good spirit.

“I did a lot better than I expected. They say first timers will usually complete it in between three and three-and-a-half hours, and I managed it in two hours and 15 minutes. I came 244th overall, and I really surprised myself at that.

“I would definitely do it again in the future - I am curious to see how I would do if I trained.”

For more information on the day visit www.facebook.com/YorkshireWarrior

 

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