Friends run Tough Mudder race in memory of former colleague

From left to right: City Plumbing Supplies' Tracy Shortt with Zip Water UK’s Dan Callaghan, Michael

From left to right: City Plumbing Supplies' Tracy Shortt with Zip Water UKs Dan Callaghan, Michael Quinn, Robbie Ferguson and Jody Lowe enjoying a beer after the race. - Credit: Archant

Four friends completed the Tough Mudder Scotland 2017 race in memory of former colleague who died this year.

Robbie Ferguson, Dan Callaghan, Jody Lowe and Michael Quinn ran in memory of John Phillips who died in January following an illness.

They all work at Zip Water UK, in Dereham.

Completing the course in three and a half hours, the team ran the demanding, and exceptionally muddy, 10.5-mile obstacle race in aid of St Catherine's Hospice, where Mr Phillips was cared for.

They were joined by Tracy Shortt, showroom manager at City Plumbing Supplies and have raised £480 so far, surpassing their £450 target.

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This year's fundraising follows the completion of another Tough Mudder in 2016, in which Mr Ferguson, Mr Callaghan and Mr Quinn ran along with another colleague and some of Zip's customers to raise more than £700 for Crohn's and Colitis UK.

Mr Ferguson said: 'After the success of last year's Tough Mudder, we decided to take on the challenge again.

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'But this time around, we wanted raise some money in memory of the sudden and sad loss of our former colleague John.

'St Catherine's Hospice helped and supported John and his family during his illness.

'We not only raised a fantastic amount for the charity, but the event was great for team building.

'We worked together to help not just our friends and colleagues taking part, but the other mudders too.'

Mr Callaghan added: 'Last year we trained extremely hard and put a lot of pressure on ourselves.

'This year we decided to enjoy it and make more of the experience.

'We gave it our all and stuck together as a team from the start and laughed pretty much all of the way through, even during the real tough obstacles.'

St Catherine's Hospice in Preston helps those affected by serious illness enjoy quality of life and have dignity in death.

With around £5.2m needed to run the hospice each year, the charity receives around £1.7m from the NHS, relying on charitable support to raise a huge £3.5m each year.

The Zip Water team is already looking for people to take part in 2018, but if you'd like to make a donation for this year's efforts, go to

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