Overcome obstacles for hospice

Born Survivor.
Born Survivor.

More than 250 people have already signed up to join the Born Heroes team at this year’s Born Survivor event, which takes place at Lowther Castle on April 4.

And more than £13,000 has so far been raised for St John’s Hospice through those competitors.

Kevin Bedford from Born Survivor inside St John's Hospice.

Kevin Bedford from Born Survivor inside St John's Hospice.

The Lancaster Guardian and its sister paper the Visitor have teamed up with Lancaster gym, Fitness Formation, and Born Survivor to raise £100,000 toward the Save Our Hospice campaign for Lancaster St John’s Hospice.

The military style obstacle course known as Born Survivor is the brainchild of events director Kevin Bedford.

After leaving the Royal Marines after nine years as a commando, Kevin came up with the idea of setting up Born Survivor.

He said: “I was looking for something to do and I like sporting events. The obstacle world caught my imagination and I thought my military experience would be useful.

“I thought I could design a course that was very much lke a traditional military course to give people an authentic military experience.

“There was nothing around that was particularly like that.”
The first Born Survivor event was held in 2012 with around 1,500 competitors.

Three years on, 2,500 are expected to take part in this year’s course.

Kevin said: “I think people come along and have a great experience . It’s tough but it’s meant to be a challenge. It pushes people out of their comfort zone.

“People get to put themselves into a situation that’s very different from the norm.

“All you have got to do is challenge yourself and put yourself in the position where you really learn something about yourself.

“It’s meant to be achievable and for people to enjoy themselves. It can take an hour or it can take four hours.”

You must be 18 or over to take part in Born Survivor.

You have until March 20 to sign up – go to www.born-survivor.com/events/lake-district-4th-april-2015.

Make sure you sign up through the Fitness Formation Born Heroes team.

Fundraising is at everydayhero.com/uk.