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Diss team brave mud, mud, glorious mud to boost air ambulance

PUBLISHED: 10:56 23 April 2019 | UPDATED: 10:56 23 April 2019

A team of 17 from TW Gaze braved the mud to take part in the Only The Brave race in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Picture: TW Gaze

A team of 17 from TW Gaze braved the mud to take part in the Only The Brave race in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Picture: TW Gaze

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A team of colleagues from TW Gaze in were among more than 1,850 hardy runners who took part in the recent Only The Brave mud-filled obstacle course

A team of 17 from TW Gaze braved the mud to take part in the Only The Brave race in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Picture: TW Gaze A team of 17 from TW Gaze braved the mud to take part in the Only The Brave race in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Picture: TW Gaze

The event, now in its fourth year, is held to raise money for East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA), which operates two high-tech helicopters from its Norwich and Cambridge bases and has so far taken on 423 missions this year.

Runners took on either a six or 10-mile course with up to 35 different obstacles which saw them battle straw bales, splash through pools and crawl through muddy pits.

A team of 17 from TW Gaze braved the mud to take part in the Only The Brave race in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Picture: TW Gaze A team of 17 from TW Gaze braved the mud to take part in the Only The Brave race in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Picture: TW Gaze

The 17-strong TW Gaze team included colleagues from residential sales, lettings and chartered surveyors, as well as the auction rooms.

Team captain and auctioneer Robbie Kinsella said: “A great effort all round from everyone. It was a challenging course in horrible weather and everyone who took part — or spectated — should be very proud.

A team of 17 from TW Gaze braved the mud to take part in the Only The Brave race in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Picture: TW Gaze A team of 17 from TW Gaze braved the mud to take part in the Only The Brave race in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Picture: TW Gaze

The EAAA is the Diss-based business' chosen charity for this year and the event raised £3,000.

The life-saving service, which is aiming to operate 24-hours by the end of 2020, does not receive regular direct government funding and the £11.3 million its needs to raise this year coming directly from charitable donations.

Among other taking part in the event was Jordan Greenwood, who was 25 when the air ambulance was called out to a road traffic collision outside Thetford Garden Centre in May 2017, in which he lost one of his legs.

Mr Greenwood, who lives near Thetford, said: “The EAAA asked me to be the poster boy for the campaign and when I looked into it I thought 'yeah, I actually want to do this'. I wasn't worried about the mud, a little mud never hurt anyone.”

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