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Is this the toughest street in Aylesbury?

Ian Whatsize (left) and James King from Fairford Leys who are taking part in one of the toughest charity challenges in the UK, the SAS charity challenge

Ian Whatsize (left) and James King from Fairford Leys who are taking part in one of the toughest charity challenges in the UK, the SAS charity challenge

One man with SAS quality fitness on a street is surely enough? But on Coombe Lane in Fairford Leys there are four!

A group of neighbours are set to take on the selection test for the SAS to raise money for charity.

Former servicemen Ian Whatsize, 44, James King, 40, Russell Bell, 36, and Steve Adams, 37, will travel to the Breacon Beacons to take part in the Fan Dance endurace race in July.

The extreme challenge is 24km of running on tough and mountainous terrains carrying a 40lb backpack.

It takes place on the actual route that England’s top military force use in their final selection process – and the gang are wondering what they let themselves in for.

Ian said: “About a month ago we said we would do it for charity.

“I thought it was just going to be a couple of days away where we would be camping out and having a beer.

“When I actually read about it I thought ‘what have I let myself in for’?

“We’ve all let ourselves go over the years so we’ve had to have a massive training regime.

“It’s a constant training schedule and it’s killing us.”

Training for the challenge has included hiking up Snowden and doing trial runs over Pen-Y-Fan in preparation.

Ian added: “We will push our own bodies to the limits of extreme pain and endurance.”

The challenge will raise money for the Cry charity and the Air Ambulance Service.

To support the neighbours in their endurace challenge visit virginmoneygiving.com

 

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