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Robert Fox, aged 51, Factory Manager at David Bailey Furniture Systems will be putting his fitness to the test when he takes part in the Para’s 10 mile Double of Trouble endurance race this year in Colchester on 4 July and in Catterick on 6 September.
The charity run consists of a 10 mile cross country endurance race, carrying a rucksack weighing 35lb, wearing long trousers and military style boots. The run is in aid of raising money for Support Our Paras, the charity that supports The Parachute Regiment through the wellbeing of serving soldiers and their families, as well as those affected by recent operations.
Robert took part in the Colchester event last year so is aiming to improve on his time this year. He said: “I have a great deal of admiration for all our service men and women so when I heard about this charity run last year I decided to take it up as a personal challenge and completed it in 2hrs 18 minutes, which was not bad for an old boy!
“I spoke to a lot of serving Paras and ex-Paras on my way round, so it was a great experience. The day was blisteringly hot and I was glad when it was over. I trained for six months the last time I did the race and have just started training again for this year.”
Raising money for charity comes naturally to staff at David Bailey Furniture System with MD Trevor Gillman, having raised over £750 for Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice in October 2013, by cycling 50 miles in four hours in the Hospice 2 Hospice bike ride.
Support The Parachute Regiment charity by donating on Robert’s JustGiving page here.