Only the Brave take on Elveden’s tough terrain to raise £100k for EAAA

One of the 13,000 Only the Brave runners crawls out from a net covered ditch ANL-160321-083953009
One of the 13,000 Only the Brave runners crawls out from a net covered ditch ANL-160321-083953009
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A force of 13,000 of the country’s toughest fund raisers are expected to boost East Anglian Air Ambulance funds by more than £100,000.

They turned out for the charity’s first Only the Brave obstacle races on the Elveden Estate on Sunday over five and 10 mile courses.

A competitor's face shows how tough the challenge was  ANL-160321-084004009

A competitor's face shows how tough the challenge was ANL-160321-084004009

Though the estate is on sandy Breckland soil, water obstacles had been created and there were ditches and drops to jump.

The air ambulance fielded a clinical team in one race, made up of Dr Neil Berry, Dr Drew Welch, Dr Vicky Smith, CCP Rob Riches, Captain Andy Wray and Captain Dave Kelly.

There were also many former patients taking part, so Neil met former patient Mark Warren, who he treated after a kite-surfing accident two years ago in Southend.

Mark said: “I simply wouldn’t be here without Dr Berry and the EAAA team.”

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Neil said: “We can’t do what we do – which is life-saving treatment for patients at the scene of trauma or medical emergency across East Anglia – without the money to do that and it comes from events like this. All these runners out here are keeping us going, which is absolutely fantastic.”

EAAA fundraising manger Holly Lambert said: “I’m so proud of everyone who took part in the races and am so grateful to all our EAAA staff and volunteers who worked so hard.”

EAAA team member Dr Neil Berry with his former patient Mark Warren. who he treated after  a kite-surfing accident two years ago in Southend ANL-160323-122622001

EAAA team member Dr Neil Berry with his former patient Mark Warren. who he treated after a kite-surfing accident two years ago in Southend ANL-160323-122622001

The EAAA team of, from the left, Capt Dave Kelly, Dr Vicky Smith, Dr Neil Berry, Captain Andy Wray, CCP Rob Riches and Dr Drew Welch ANL-160321-084317009

The EAAA team of, from the left, Capt Dave Kelly, Dr Vicky Smith, Dr Neil Berry, Captain Andy Wray, CCP Rob Riches and Dr Drew Welch ANL-160321-084317009

The sandy soil did not stop the course builders creating water obstacles ANL-160321-084025009

The sandy soil did not stop the course builders creating water obstacles ANL-160321-084025009