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Action man Jon Parks ready for World's Toughest Mudder

More than £5,000 already raised for Claire House Children's Hospice

Jon Park is just days away from taking on one of the most difficult obstacle courses on the planet in a bid to raise £10,000 for Claire House Hospice

A Chester-based oil worker is just days away from taking on one of the most difficult obstacle courses on the planet in a bid to raise £10,000 for Claire House Hospice.

Jon Park, 36, who works at Essar’s Stanlow Oil Refinery in Ellesmere Port, is heading to Las Vegas to take on the World’s Toughest Mudder event between November 14-15.

He’s already raised £5,000 for the charity following a series of fundraising events and sponsorship from local businesses including Chester-based lifestyle and leisure company Outthere.

Now he’s making the final preparations ahead of the 24-hour challenge, which includes 10ft walls, 35ft jumps, electric shocks and freezing temperatures over a five-mile course of desert gullies, steep cliffs and rolling hills.

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Jon said: “I’ve trained hard for 18 months now so I’m feeling fit and ready for the challenge.

“I can’t believe how quickly it’s come around to be honest. I’ve been taking on 24-hour challenges and events around the UK to make sure I’m in the best possible shape so now it’s time to see if I can make the hard work pay off.

“I’ve been overwhelmed by the support I’ve had already – £5,000 is a fantastic amount of money to raise. Hopefully I can do well in Las Vegas and if that encourages a few more people to sponsor me help get the total closer to the £10,000 target I’ll be really pleased!”

Other local companies backing Jon include Chester-based TRX specialists – S3 Fitness where he has been training, running and triathlon retailer Tri-active and triathlon coach Sally Napthen.

For more information about either event email jon_park_08@hotmail.co.uk or if you would like to sponsor Jon, visit

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=Jonpark1984

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