Crime duo take up the challenge

A POLICE chief and a journalist are taking on an epic challenge in aid of a lifesaving service.

Temporary Chief Inspector Lee Rukin, of Hartlepool Police, and Hartlepool Mail crime reporter Mark Thompson are heading to the Lake District this weekend to take on a gruelling assault course.

The Total Warrior event sees hundreds of competitors head over 10k of Lakeland fells while also battling through 23 tough obstacles.

The pair will jump through flames, suffer electric shocks as they try and duck their way past dangling cables, swim through mud and crawl under barbed wire, among a host of other energy-sapping hurdles.

Both men, from the Bishop Cuthbert area of Hartlepool, are teaming up for the challenge this Saturday with Pete Murray, 28, from Carlisle, to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance.

Temp Chf Insp Rukin, who has been cycling regularly to build up his fitness, said: “I’m delighted to be taking part in this challenge with Mark and Pete.

“It’s sure to be very hard and a big ask but I’ve watched the videos from last year and it looks like a lot of fun.

“We’re also doing it for a very important service that saves lives so hopefully people show their support.”

Mark, 28, added: “I have spent a day with the air ambulance team and have seen first hand the vital service that they provide, as I’m sure Lee has.

“Despite the importance of what they do, it is a charity so relies on fundraising to carry on, so hopefully we can get round the course and do our bit.

“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried about how we’ll get on but I’m hoping teamwork gets us through – that and the free beer at the end!”

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