Charity

Intrepid Pure team ready to take on ‘Only the Brave’ charity obstacle course race

Two teams from Pure Resourcing Solutions (Pure) are set to get extremely wet and muddy this Sunday (20 March) as they tackle ‘Only the Brave’, an extreme obstacle course race in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Eighteen runners from Pure’s Norwich, Ipswich and Cambridge offices will be racing across a vast area of land, usually used for farming and military training, at Elveden, near Thetford. But this isn’t an ordinary charity fun run as the teams will face at least 20 different obstacles throughout the course, including having to scale 7ft walls, landing in a pool of mud on the other side.

Becky Wilson, Managing Consultant HR recruitment at the Norwich office, is the captain of the team taking on the Intrepid, five-mile race and Scott Woodrow, Associate Director at the Ipswich office, is the captain of the team facing the Fearless, ten-mile race.

Pure wanted to support the event as the East Anglian Air Ambulance is a client of the professional recruitment agency, although Becky admits they are also wondering if they must be a bit mad to have willingly agreed to take part.

Becky said: “We’re trying not to think about it too much in case we change our minds! But even if we do get exceptionally wet, cold and muddy for a couple of hours, it will be worth it to have been able to raise money for such a fantastic cause.”

The East Anglian Air Ambulance has cited the charity’s pilots, doctors, patients and families as the inspiration behind organising this fundraising event. The air ambulance flies 365 days a year, taking highly skilled medical teams to people who have been unfortunate enough to be involved in accidents or medical emergencies in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire. The crews need to be brave, and overcome physical and emotional obstacles every single day.

Becky added: “I recently visited the air ambulance and heard the team talk first-hand about their experiences, and how the service is completely reliant on fundraising, really makes you think. We go about our day-to-day lives, but everything pales into insignificance compared to what they have to deal with every day. The money we raise will help to make all the difference.”

Sponsorship from the event will help to keep the East Anglian Air Ambulance in the sky, as the charity needs to raise £10.2m this year to keep flying. To date the Pure team has already raised over £700 and are aiming to reach at least £900.

Led by Directors, Ian Walters and Lynn Walters, several members of the team are from the Ipswich office. This latest fundraising mission will also be part of the #IpswichBig10 anniversary campaign. Team members at the Ipswich team have pledged to take part in, or organise, ten different events to raise money for local charities to mark the ten-year anniversary of the Ipswich office. 

To sponsor the Only the Brave Pure team, visit https://www.justgiving.com/Team-PRS