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10 Sep 2020

One Special Rough Northerner!

When SpecialEffect ambassador Mark Baldwin, of New Star Games, found out that both of the mass-participation events he’d signed up for this year had been cancelled because of COVID-19, he decided to take matters into his own hands. Some of us might have been tempted to put our feet-up, but not Mark. Instead, he has devised a personal challenge that combines elements of both obstacle and endurance races, aka The Rough Northerner!

As Mark explains on his JustGiving page:

“2020 is a strange year and a tough one for charities, with so many events have been cancelled and fundraising has taken a big hit. I was supposed to do two different events this year, the Rough Runner and The Great North Run. So I decided to create my own challenge. I'm calling it the 'Rough Northerner Great Run' a ten mile challenge that combines road running with cross country running with a few natural obstacles thrown in, such as 'Mad Cow Hill', a 'Speed Trap', 'The Gauntlet' and other dramatic names for things that will probably get me nettled, muddy and wet. But it's all for a great cause. The plan is to do this on Saturday 12 September, the day before I was supposed to do the Great North Run.”

Mark will be accompanied along the full route by his good friend Naomi, as well as being joined by other friends for various sections along the way. We want to take this opportunity to wish them all the very best of luck for Saturday, as well as thanking Mark for his continued support. We’re just sorry we won’t be able to raise a glass to celebrate at the finish line!

For more about how you can sign up to take part in One Special Challenge and devise your own challenge this autumn, either as an individual or team!

three images, two tough landscapes and one runner

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