Sunderland runner takes up special forces’ challenge

Callom Parker is set to take on the Tough Mudder assault course challenge for Age UK.
Callom Parker is set to take on the Tough Mudder assault course challenge for Age UK.
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BRAVE Callom Parker is taking on a gruelling challenge to raise cash to help older people across Wearside.

The 23-year-old is taking part in the Tough Mudder race next month to raise funds for Age UK Sunderland.

The gruelling challenge – billed as “probably the toughest event on the planet” – will see Callom covering a 12-mile course through rugged Scottish countryside, tackling a series of obstacles designed by British Special Forces troops to test strength, stamina, and determination.

Callom has never tackled the course before, but is keeping his nerves in check.

“I am quite looking forward to it,” he said.

“I think it will be good fun. I am fairly fit and I do run a lot, though I have never done anything like this as yet.”

Callom, of Ashbrooke, was inspired to raise funds for Age UK by his grandmother Eileen.

“My nana is just getting to the age where she is starting to struggle a bit and I just thought it would be a good thing to raise money to support the people who help older people when they need it,” he said.

“Age UK is a great charity.”

Alan Patchett, director of Age UK Sunderland, said: “Callom is training hard for the event and is looking for sponsorship from as many people as possible to raise as much as he can over the coming weeks.

“We want everyone to get behind Callom in his gruelling challenge and show their support to him for making Age UK Sunderland his charity of choice and for remembering the older people of the city.

“If you would like to sponsor Callom and support our organisation you can do so via sponsorship forms available from our office in the Bradbury Centre in Stockton Road, by calling Maxine Errington on 514 8325 or by making a donation at

“Don’t forget to ‘gift aid’ it if you are a UK taxpayer.”

He added: “Thank you and good luck Callom. We are behind you 100 per cent.”

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