Team from BBC’s Ultimate Hell Week to take on WaterAid’s Tough Sh!t mud race

2 Oct 2015

A team from BBC 2’s smash hit show Special Forces: Ultimate Hell Week, will be putting all their intense training to the test as they take on Tough Sh!t on 24th October 2015 in Deepcut, Surrey. The team will be starting the mud-run at 10:30 and then taking on our 20+ toilet themed obstacles over our 10 kilometre course.

36-year-old Alex Lacey from Watford, who featured on the BBC show will be leading the team, which includes former boxer Andy Gatenby who made it to the Ultimate Hell Week final, along with one of the show’s oldest contestants, 50-year-old Paul Parish. Also joining them in the race will be former elite soldier Lee Andrew, to keep them in check and prove they really are tough enough for Tough Sh!t.

During the course of the 10 kilometre race the Ultimate Hell Week Team will have to conquer the Toilet Toil, make it across the Floaters and survive the Porta Slide. Not to mention The Bunged Up Bungee, Sh!t Heap Scramble and lots of U Bends along the way.

Team leader, Alex Lacey, said:

“The Ultimate Hell week team are really excited to be taking part in Tough Sh!t. I’ve done a lot of mud runs, but never before have I slid through a porta loo or been hit by some swinging bog brushes! It’s going to be a lot of fun and at the same time we’ll be raising awareness for an important cause- a lack of loos!“

2.3 billion people around the world – that’s one in three people – don’t have access to a decent toilet and have no choice but to go in the open. For billions of people, their toilets are full to overflowing or simply don’t exist, spreading diarrhoeal diseases that kill more than 500,000 children every year. Women going to the toilet outside face harassment and even attack, and girls drop out of school unable to manage their periods privately. Any chance of an education and a better future is all but lost.

As well as spreading awareness the event aims to raise money for WaterAid, to help the charity achieve its vision of a world where everyone, everywhere has access to safe water, toilets and hygiene by 2030.

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Notes to editors

WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. The international organisation works in 37 countries across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific Region to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 23 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 21 million people with sanitation.

  • Around 1,400 children die every day from diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation – that’s one child every minute
  • Over 650 million people (around one in ten) are without safe water
  • Over 2.3 billion people (around one in three) live without improved sanitation
  • For every £1 invested in water and sanitation, an average of £4 is returned in increased productivity
  • Just £15 can help provide one person with access to safe water.