Thursday 14 December 2017

Whisky galore for charity runner

Mike Tindall spurs on fitness fundraiser Rob Edmond pulling a whisky barrel towards the finish line in Wiltshire
Mike Tindall spurs on fitness fundraiser Rob Edmond pulling a whisky barrel towards the finish line in Wiltshire

After nine days and 517 miles a personal trainer has completed a madcap challenge with a whisky barrel.

Personal trainer Rob Edmond rolled the barrel 12 hours a day from Perthshire in Scotland to Tidworth in Wiltshire to raise money for Help for Heroes.

During the Bell's Barrel of Laughs trek, Mr Edmond, who was the personal trainer on ITV's The Biggest Loser, was joined by veterans and comedians including Fred MacAulay, Mark Dolan and Rufus Hound.

The comedians helped roll the barrel and staged free stand-up gigs at pubs along the route.

Actress Joanna Lumley helped start the challenge last week at the Blair Athol Distillery and Olympic eventer Zara Phillips and her husband, ex-England rugby player Mike Tindall, were at the Tedworth House Help for Heroes recovery centre to see Mr Edmond cross the finish line.

Mr Edmond covered around 60 miles a day and spent most of the time pulling the barrel on a bike or on foot

He said: "It's been a monumental challenge but we've made it and the support has been fantastic. We can't thank the British public enough."

Former England and British and Irish Lions centre Tindall joined Mr Edmond for the last leg of the challenge.

He said: "It was good, I would like to say that I did all the hard work but I just got the glory run in with him.

"I think the most impressive thing about him is that he is just a bit of a joker and he was telling stories about putting deep heat on people's hats to make their eyes water.

"He was talking about keeping his mind entertained and having a laugh.

"The one thing you see with people who have been around the military is that when they are in adversity or a tough place they always know how to have a laugh and how to make time pass."

Tindall, who recently appeared in the Bear Grylls endurance show Mission Survive, praised the work of Help for Heroes.

"Tedworth House is a pretty impressive place and looks the bees knees, and it is great to see how the money helps," he said.

Tindall did not rule out taking part in his own fundraising activities in the future.

"I am always quite keen to do any sort of charity challenges now that I am retired," he said.

"I am doing a quadrathlon later this year, which I am a little bit worried about. I have always enjoyed this type of challenge, so you never know."

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