Castle Bromwich

Published on July 19th, 2014 | by Bill Dargue


It doesn’t get tougher than this!

‘Toughest Event on the Planet’ Sponsors Castle Bromwich Bells


Jonathan Willis (right) still smiling!

No Sunday morning lie-in for Castle Bromwich student Jonathan Willis. He was standing ready to start the famous Tough Mudder Challenge. This 12-mile obstacle course pushes participants to their limits and 20-year-old Jonathan was here to raise money for the Castle Bromwich Bell Restoration Project.

Runners launch themselves into ice baths, jump over fires and face other gruelling obstacles. The event is about challenging yourself to overcome difficulties, but tough mudders pledge to help others complete the course putting teamwork before course times.

Jon, a second-year medical student at Birmingham University, explained: ‘I’m doing this insane run to raise money for my church’s bell tower which needs to find over £100,000 to restore the bells for future generations.’

Set in thousands of acres of woodland Boughton House, Northamptonshire was the scene of the ordeal with log obstacles, water features and most of all – mud.

Find details of how to support Jonathan’s efforts on the website of the Castle Bromwich Bell Restoration Fund –


Will he make it?!


About the Author

Bill Dargue has been ringing the bells of St Mary & St Margaret's church in Castle Bromwich for over 30 years. He's one of the Castle Bromwich Bell Restoration Project trustees (Registered Charity 1155131) aiming to celebrate the tercentenary of the bell installation by setting the bells in good order for the next 300 years.

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