A Wisbech man has proved to be a charity champion of Spartan proportions after taking part in three gruelling obstable course races.
Alex Neal has earned himself the Spartan Trifecta medal after completing three Spartan races in one season.
The managing director of TES Europe Ltd, Wisbech, endured more than 23 miles, 60 obstacles and a dozen injuries over the course of the races in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support – and raised a massive £1,171 along the way.
Alex completed the Spartan Super, with 20 obstacles over eight miles in South London in August, followed by the Spartan Sprint, involving 15 obstacles over three miles in Milton, Cambridge, in September.
Then he faced his biggest challenge with the Spartan Beast, with 25 obstacles over 12 miles, in South London earlier this month.
Obstables included rope climbs, clay pit crawls, barbed wire net crawls. monkey bars and, of course, the Spartan fire jump at the end.
Alex said: “While the Sprint at Milton was pretty straight forward the Super and Beast at Pippingford were brutal.
“The problem with living in the Fens is that it’s flat and the courses were mainly hills! To make it just a little more challenging still, the terrain was punishing; boggy ground and ice cold lakes take their toll on a body that is not used to that environment by any means.”
Alex said he wouldn’t have been able to complete his challenge if it wasn’t for the support from friends and family including his wife for “putting up with an achy and absent husband for the last few months”, Carl Knott who ran the Beast with him and the Lakers gym for supporting his training.
But the challenge doesn’t end there. Alex, who is also a member of the Macmillan Football Club in Wisbech, is now putting together a Trifecta team at TES to take on the challenge in aid of the same charity next year.
Alex said he decided to enter the Spartan races in aid of Macmillan to thank the charity for the support it has given his father, who has lived with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for more than a decade.
He said: “It is a chance to say thank you to all those who have done such a fantastic job for my dad and continue to do so much good for so many.”
Anyone wanting to sponsor Alex on his challenge can still do so by visiting his fundraising page at: www.justgiving.com/alexneal/ or text 70070 with SPTN98 followed by the amount £1/£2/£5/£10/£20.