Pair are proved total warriors

Mark Thompson (left) and Lee Rukin
Mark Thompson (left) and Lee Rukin

A POLICE chief and a journalist had a muddy good time in aid of a lifesaving service.

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

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

They were joined by Peter Murray, 28, from Carlisle, to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance as they ran, climbed, jumped and swam to make it to the finish in 90 minutes.

Mark, 28, from the Bishop Cuthbert area of Hartlepool, said: “It was gruelling, harder than I expected it to be but more fun as well.

“It’s not often you can say you’ve swam through a river, suffered an electric shock, darted through flames and been neck deep in sloshy mud in the space of just 90 minutes.

“We’re already looking for another challenge and will definitely be back next year.

“Thanks to all those who have supported us and continue to give us money for a fantastic cause.”

You can still support the trio by visiting http://www.justgiving.com/Pete-Mark-Lee-TW2012