Burnley man’s ‘Tough’ fundraiser

Nick Barrett who is taking part in the 'Tough Mudder' event to raise money for Holly Grove Primary School.

Nick Barrett who is taking part in the 'Tough Mudder' event to raise money for Holly Grove Primary School.

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A Burnley man is showing just how tough he is by tackling one of the world’s most gruelling events.

Nick Barrett (41), a family liaison officer at Holly Grove School in Barden Lane, is competing in next month’s Tough Mudder in Cheshire to raise money for the school. The 12-mile course boasts a number of demanding obstacles including pits of fire, ice baths, huge walls and live electric cables.

Last year Nick completed the London Marathon but believes this will be his toughest challenge yet, especially after recently being diagnosed with arthritis in his left knee.

“It’s certainly going to be tough,” said Nick, who lives in Belvedere Road. “I’ve been training for the endurance side of it but I’m not sure how you can train for the obstacles. It should be a good day though and I’m just hoping to raise as much money as possible.”

He will be raising money for the school’s “Georgia Fourie Butterfly Fund” to help send underprivileged children on holiday.

For the race he will be wearing a T-shirt with a specially designed logo on it, the result of a competition held at school which was won by Olivia Binder (9).

A fund-raising evening will take place at the Burnley League on Friday, October 18th. Entry is £5 either by ticket from school or on the door and includes pie and peas . There is a 90s (fancy dress optional) theme with singer Michael Smith, quiz, tombola, raffle and auction and a surprise staff act. Anybody wishing to sponsor Nick can do by ringing the school on 01282 477246.