MP gets dirty for charity

October 23, 2013 11:20 AM

On Saturday, Carshalton and Wallington MP braved the mud, rain and cold weather to raise money and awareness for Cricket for Change (C4C), a Wallington-based charity which uses sport to change the lives of disadvantaged kids.

To raise much-needed funds, Tom took part in the aptly called Grim Challenge, one of the toughest short-course duathlons in the country.Armed with little more than his trainers and a bike, the pedalling politician took on the trails, hills, mud, water and camouflage nets atthe Army's vehicle testing circuit near Aldershot.

Tough challenge, but then so is Tom Brake!

Tom said: "I have done this twice before, and it is a true duathlon from hell - killer hills and puddles the size and depth of lakes.This year, I came back for more Grimness, this time to raise money for C4C."

"It took me just under 2 hours and a pair of very tired legs to complete the challenge, but it was definitely worth it!"

"C4C does incredible work giving disadvantaged young people the opportunity to boost their confidence and make friends. I am proud to be fundraising for them."

Together with the charity, Tom also organised a comedy night, raising £220 for C4C in tickets sales.

In November Tom will be on the run again. On the 24th, together with a group of volunteers, he will don his running shoes when he races in the Beddington Park 10k Fun Run.Later this year, Tom will also hold an auction of signed cricket merchandise from clubs around the country, including a framed England shirt signed by the team.

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