No obstacles in Jamie’s race


A young man from Ripley is taking part in a ‘survival of the fittest’ obstacle race in Nottingham to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Jamie Foulke, 20, of Albert Road, wanted to contribute something after his uncle was diagnosed with bowel cancer in January this year.

His partner, Laura Mason has been running in the annual women’s Race for Life challenge every year since 2006 - her mother tragically died of breast cancer in 2010.

Jamie, a payroll administrator who is studying to be an accountant, said: “I obviously can’t do the Race for Life so I wanted to do something myself.

“I’m taking part because I wanted motivation to get into shape and start living healthier, and I wanted to do something I could be proud of myself for like raising funds for charity. I’ve already raised £220 through family, friends and work and that’s a big motivator. When I was looking for something to challenge myself with I was dubious of long distance runs and started looking more at adventure races and after seeing the Men’s Health event in the magazine I thought, ‘Now that is a challenge!’ If I can run 10 km and then jump over an 8ft wall then I’ll be impressed with myself.”

The Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest race takes place in Nottingham on October 13, following the River Trent for nearly 12km and taking in a series of obstacles including a hay bale wall, a free-run through a parkour zone, traversing a small lake with the help of a knotted rope, a fence maze and an inflatable assault course. In 2012 it attracted 5,000 participants.

To sponsor Jamie please go to or text “JAYY92”. Followed by £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070.