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Friday, 24 October 2014

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Men’s glorious mud challenge

Meet the “mud men” of Workington – five tough mechanics who have just completed a gruelling challenge to raise £2,000.

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MUD MEN: The Walkingshaw Warriors, from left: Tomos Parry, Dan Hannon, Scott Lankester, Gary Stewart and Craig Durham

The Walkingshaw Warriors, who all work for Walkingshaw at Lillyhall, took part in the NoEgo mud challenge at Penrith to raise funds for Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, which treats children suffering from cancer.

Team member Gary Stewart, 29, of West Croft, Seaton, said the decision was prompted by his three-year-old cousin Emily Shutt, of Workington, who is receiving treatment there for leukaemia.

He said: “The course was brilliant. I understood it was going to be wet and miserable but it was really enjoyable.”

His team-mates were Craig Durham, 23, of Derwent Bank, Seaton, Dan Hannon, 21, of Scaw Road, Harrington, Scott Lankester, 26, of Cockfield Drive, Westfield, and Tomos Parry, 23, of Dalzell Gardens, Great Clifton.

Dan said: “We gave it our all, with everyone completing the challenge within an hour and a half.”

The team’s main sponsor was Andrew Walkingshaw, managing director of Walkingshaw Volkswagen and Kia dealerships.

Red Oak Direct, of Distington, provided the team with T-shirts and the Bait Cabin at Distington, Tony Marks with Sophie Ray of Maryport and Sizzling Simon’s catering van also sponsored the event.

Dan said they enjoyed it so much that they would attempt more challenges for charity.

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