“Imagine spending your Saturday morning wading through waist-high icy puddles, wallowing in glutinous watery clay and climbing railway sleepers stacked as high as the bus that transports you to work every day.
“Imagine no more, because this is the reality of the Grim Challenge: a raucous annual celebration of mud and madness on the bracken-cloaked fields of Aldershot.
“The eight mile run is not your standard cross country fare. Situated on an army vehicle testing track and littered with military-style obstacles, even tanks struggle to navigate this terrain without wheezing with effort.
“I consider myself something of a veteran on these fields having completed the event four times. The reality is, it seems to get harder every year. Whether that’s down to the cunning of the organisers, or my steadily declining fitness, I’m not sure.
“What I’m certain of though, is Grim Challenge’s fun factor and its link to the charity I support every year: the Muscle Help Foundation (MHF).
“Like the race, this is an organisation like no other. It works tirelessly to fund and deliver Muscle Dreams – amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experiences for children and young people with muscle wasting disease Muscular Dystrophy.
“MHF fundraisers belong to an elite band known as the Muscle Warriors, who are tasked with straining their muscles to improve the lives of those that are losing their muscles. It’s a simple but compelling vision made tangible by Grim, where Muscle Warriors from all over the country gather to make a difference.
“Emblazoned with MHF’s trademark burgundy t-shirts and sent on our way with a Muscle Haka and an ebullient warm-up, Muscle Warriors support each other through the mud and bluster of the race. So far, every one of the charity’s supporters have crossed the finish line with a smile on their face.
“I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday morning.”