When the going gets even tougher!

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An ABERDEENSHIRE chef is preparing to take part in a gruelling challenge to raises funds for a service charity.

Michael Middleton, 32, and six friends have entered the Tough Mudder - a 10-12 mile obstacle course designed by Britain’s Special Forces to test all around strength, stamina and mental grit and camaraderie.

The funds raised will go to Help for Heroes, which helps to provide better facilities for wounded British servicemen and women.

Michael is head chef at Balmedie’s Cock and Bull, where a quiz night will be held on Friday, June 30, also in aid of the charity.

He explained: “It was all down to one of my friends who decided we should go for it. He managed to talk seven of us into taking part.

“In a way it is something different and something out of the normal. I think the Help for Heroes charity is a really wothwhile cause.

“I didn’t know much about the Tough Mudder before and this is very much a ‘first’ for me.”

Michael said he had been putting in a lot of training for the event in Dumfries on July 14.

He added: “I thought I was fit until I started training for this. I’ve been training for eight weeks now and I am getting there.

“I have to say it was a bit daunting at first but now that I have got my fitness up I’m relishing it.

“I have been getting encouragement from my workmates. I’m hoping the quiz night and the Tough Mudder event will raise a good sum of money for the charity.”

As the leading company in the booming obstacle course industry, Tough Mudder has already challenged half a million inspiring participants worldwide and raised more than $3 million dollars for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Help for Heroes was founded in October, 2007, to assist wounded servicemen and women returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.