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Fundraising for our Charity of the Year, Little Hiccups is well and truly underway, as more than 40 of our colleagues, friends and supply chain took part in the Major Series at Bramham Park.

Among them was Emma Aspland, Commercial Director of New Home Finder. Here she shares her story of how she overcame mud and obstacles to raise money for a fantastic cause.

No easy feat

My husband, David, kindly said we would happily support this year's British Military Fitness Major Series at Bramham Park. Sadly, he had forgotten he was with our son on rugby tour, so it was left to me to face this challenge on my own. I was expecting a gentle jog around the park and water obstacles similar to those found in a steeplechase. How wrong could I be!

Those of us tackling the 10k route met at 10:00am. The weather was on our side - dry, mild with hardly a breeze and after a short warm up, we were off. 

Twenty of us started the race, but very quickly four sprinted ahead. Initially I was lulled into a false sense of security as the first few obstacles posed no problem, but then came the Stench Trench. It was exactly as the name suggests – knee-deep, cold, dirty stinky water - and the worst was yet to come.

I quickly adapted to the dirt and wet and was really quite enjoying myself, but that was before I had to totally submerge myself in freezing water. I've never experienced anything like it. Think of brain freeze but ten times worse! It quite literally took my breath away and rendered me speechless. For those of you that know me, that’s a feat in itself!

The end is in sight

Not long after this, six of us broke away from the main group and continued along the course in this team. We'd been running for just short of two hours when the ‘1km to go’ sign came into view. Just two obstacles left, the first of which was a giant waterslide. Oh what fun! 

Paul and I launched ourselves down the slide at breakneck speed, only stopping when we hit yet more cold water. I'd like to say I won but as my eyes were firmly closed I can't say for sure! An uphill jog to the climbing wall and we were there.

Six very muddy and wet bodies crossed the finish line, very happy with our achievement. We had not only completed the course but along the way had raised much needed funds for the wonderful charity, Little Hiccups.

What an experience, great team work and camaraderie!

You can watch the highlights of the day here:

If you’d like to show your support for the Strata team, you can donate here. We’ll be getting involved in various fundraising events in 2016, so be sure to check in for the latest updates.

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