We've just caught up with James Diags from TOWIE to chat about taking part in the Mud N Madness obstacle course race in Essex this weekend, whilst fundraising for St Francis Hospice! Read the full interview here...
Hi James! Great to see you're taking part in Mud N Madness this weekend, is this your first obstacle race?
We did an army type obstacle course race on TOWIE, but I got rope burn right at the start so I was more worried about my blisters than the race!
What will you be doing before & after the race?
I imagine I’ll stay in bed as late as possible and then get up and ready for our start time at 2pm... We’ll be finishing right in time for celebratory drinks afterwards!
Who is on the 'Diags Muddy Suckers' team?
On the team is me, Tracey, my dad and Barry & Andy who we work with at Plumb Point Essex.
Tracey was the person who roped us all in. She’s done a lot of fundraising for St Francis Hospice, one day we were talking about how we could help out, and we've ended up taking part!
Why did you choose to fundraise for St Francis Hospice?
It's such an amazing charity, and one of the largest adult hospices in the UK. They offer much needed care and support to people with life-limiting illnesses, as well as their carers and family members, completely free of charge.
Tracey has been volunteering for ages and I've been a few times to help out, we do arts and crafts with the patients and I'll have a chat with anyone who wants to listen! I love going along and helping out in any way I can.
What are you most looking forward to?
We've all agreed that we're most looking forward to the part on the map that says 'Beer Tent' - although i'm pretty worried it’s not what I’m hoping it is…
What are you least looking forward to?
Basically... the long bit. Mud Alley looks particularly long, I'll be better at the obstacles but I'm not looking forward to any of the running sections as I've not really trained!
What have you done to prepare for Mud N Madness?
Well I've tried to eat healthier... but only for two days, so i'm not sure how effective that will be!
Good luck to James and Diags Muddy Suckers on the big day, and hopefully we'll be able to catch up on the other side of the mud!
If you want to help support St Francis Hospice and donate to 'Diags Muddy Suckers' check out their JustGiving page (in Tracey Dowden's name) HERE
Don't forget, we''ll be taking entries on the day, so if you fancy coming along to get muddy with James, just arrive on Saturday with plenty of time, your photo ID and £50 cash for your entry, and you can get muddy too! Full event details HERE.