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Fired up for charity challenge

PUBLISHED: 14:29 26 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:27 12 August 2010

Bromley
24-11-08
Stuart Crispin has won a place in an adventure challenge

Bromley 24-11-08 Stuart Crispin has won a place in an adventure challenge

A SPORTY firefighter has secured a place in the finals of a gruelling global adventure challenge. Beckenham-born

A SPORTY firefighter has secured a place in the finals of a gruelling global adventure challenge.

Beckenham-born Stuart Crispin, 32, who is based at Soho fire station is hoping to win the Land Rover G4 Challenge taking place today and tomorrow to win a place in the Challenge finals in Mongolia in June next year.

He will battle against 60 candidates at a secret location doing orienteering, fitness and endurance challenges.

The former fitness instructor, of Court Downs Road, said: "It would be awesome if I got through.

"Driving in a 4 X 4 across Mongolia would be a dream come true for someone like me."

Mr Crispin got involved in extreme challenges after his friend Mark died from cystic fibrosis in 2001.

In his friend's memory, he ran across the Sahara to raise £10,000 for charity.

He said: "The charity side of it is really important to me. Mark was always encouraging me to get involved and I never would have applied for this challenge if it wasn't for him.

"I'm passionate about sport, but I'm not obsessed. I don't drink or take drugs but I'm not a geek and I enjoy pizza. The way I see it is if I run 50 miles across a desert I can pretty much do what I like the rest of the time.

"Some people say I'm addicted to it, but it's better to be addicted to something that's good for you than something that isn't."

The G4 Challenge combines off-road driving with a mixture of adventure sports and initiative tests and is run in support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

For more information about Mr Crispin's challenges and to donate money, see www.justgiving.com/markbromley.

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