Thurrock firefighter takes on series of gruelling challenges for charity

A THURROCK firefighter has signed up for a succession of sporting challenges, to raise money for a cancer charity.

Orsett fireman Ben Whateley-Harris has already taken on two gruelling fundraisers.

Last month, he ran 35.2 miles in a six-hour endurance race in Rye, East Sussex, called the Winter Chase.

He came second in the contest, despite being battered by wind, rain and sea spray.

Then, last weekend, he took part in a two-day team fitness competition in Bath called Strength in Depth.

Ben is taking on the challenges to raise money for Orchid Male Cancer Support.

The charity provides assistance to men with testicular, penile and prostate cancer.

Ben still has several more challenges to complete before Christmas.

This Saturday, December 7, he will row a marathon.

In the following weeks he will take part in a 20-mile race, then a 10-mile race in Epping Forest, and finally an over-35s fitness and weightlifting competition in Colchester.

To donate to Ben’s fundraising total, visit:

Charles Thomson

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