Warrington fundraiser faces year of obstacles for Alzheimer’s Research UK

Trainee building surveyor Dave McArthur, from Warrington, Cheshire, will tackle 16 fear-inducing obstacle courses in 12 months to boost funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK

Posted on 13th June 2014

A trainee building surveyor from Warrington will tackle 16 fear-inducing obstacle courses in 12 months to boost funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK. Dave McArthur’s challenge, dubbed ‘Dave’s Muddy Year’, started in Wolverhampton on 26 January with Tough Guy – a 12km course where competitors crawl through flooded underground tunnels, traverse fire pits and wade through chest-deep icy water. Since then, the 24 year old has crossed a further five extreme events off his list and is now gearing up for the 10km Water Wipeout in Nottingham on Saturday 21 June.

Many of the courses Dave faces have been designed by Special Forces personnel and push participants to their fitness limits. Among them is the legendary Tough Mudder in September – described by event organisers as one of the toughest events on the planet.

Dave, a motor racing and football enthusiast, explained his reasons for taking on the challenge and supporting the dementia research experts, Alzheimer’s Research UK:

“Last year a friend of mine dragged me along for the Tough Mudder. It was one of the most exhilarating, rewarding and difficult things I have ever done, but I caught the bug. There’s no greater feeling than when you cross that finish line.

“I was originally planning on doing 10 races in 2014 but, as a sport, obstacle racing is growing so quickly and fixtures are being added all the time. Now I’m lined up to do 16! My challenge seems to have caught people’s imagination and I’ve almost hit my £1,000 fundraising target already. Now I’m aiming to have raised £1,500 by the time I complete my last race at the end of the year.

“My girlfriend’s mum, Deborah, is the head nurse at a care home in Bristol, so I’m very aware just how devastating Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can be. Dementia is my generation’s biggest health challenge and that’s why we must act now. I’m really proud to be doing my bit for Alzheimer’s Research UK.”

Jodie Vaughan, Community Fundraising Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“This is an incredible challenge and we wish Dave all the best with each one of his 16 races. Every £20 he raises will pay for an hour of vital research, bringing us closer to finding ways to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

“There are hundreds of thousands of people across the UK living with dementia today, including over 8,500 people in Cheshire. Despite this, research is desperately underfunded compared to other serious diseases. We rely on public donations to fund our world-class research and it’s thanks to the commitment of people like Dave that we’re able to continue our crucial work.”

To help Dave raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK’s pioneering dementia research, donate online at www.justgiving.com/davesmuddyyear. For further information about Alzheimer’s Research UK or to find out more about fundraising for the charity, call 0300 111 5555 or visit www.alzheimersresearchuk.org

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