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.
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.”
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.”