North Walsham Barclay’s Bank cashier turns pirate to tackle survival course in aid of Nelson’s Journey

07:00 15 October 2012

Chris Balding, a cashier at Barclay

Chris Balding, a cashier at Barclay's Bank, training for the Men's Health Survival of the Fittest 10k assault course race in London in November. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY


By day he’s Chris Balding, mild-mannered cashier at North Walsham’s Barclay’s Bank.

But after hours Chris, 29, turns into a fearless buccaneer - complete with bandana, eye patch and blow-up parrot - ready to test his mettle to the max and plunder the pockets of the populace in aid of a good cause.

Not content with raising an impressive £5,211 for Asthma UK in this year’s London Marathon, Chris is now in training to help Norfolk charity Nelson’s Journey.

He plans to take part in a Survival of the Fittest challenge in London next month where competitors are encouraged to wear fancy dress.

The Men’s Health magazine event, starting and finishing at Battersea Power Station on November 17, will see contestants tackle a 10-kilometre course peppered with obstacles including stacked hay bales, burnt-out cars, an army assault course, dips, ducks and dives into ice, coal and sludge, with a monster wall to scale before crossing the finish line.

Action man Chris, of Kimberley Road, North Walsham, has begun building up his stamina by helping out with wood chopping and hay stacking at his parents’ smallholding in Felmingham.

He had to drop out of training over the summer to let his foot heal after suffering a stress fracture during April’s London Marathon.

Chris is supporting Nelson’s Journey, which helps bereaved children, because it is this year’s chosen charity for Barclay’s Norfolk branches. The bank will match whatever he raises in sponsorship, up to £750.

He will be organising a cake event in the bank’s North Walsham Market Place branch on October 26 in aid of the cause, with donations invited in return for homemade buns.

● To support Chris, call in at Barclay’s Bank or donate via:

1 comment

  • I am so proud of this young man! He has done so much for charity this year and I am sure will continue to do more amazing work in the years to come! He is such a idol to me and all his family and friends! He is a real star both in his work and home life! I am honoured to be a part of his life!

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    Shai Ashkenazi

    Monday, October 15, 2012

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