A TEAM from Chippenham sports clinic Active Potential Therapy has raised nearly £1,000 for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance after completing the Monster Race.

The nine-strong team took just under one hour 23 minutes to complete the six and a half kilometre obstacle course at the Charlton Park estate near Malmesbury last Saturday (Oct10).

The team has so far raised £915 in memory of company owner Samantha Cox’s friend Dave Booker who passed away in February.

The Monster Race course contained elements to test participant’s mental and physical strength, including everything from swimming through ice cold open water to ascending and descending structures at differing heights.

Samantha Cox, owner of Active Potential Therapy, said “Everybody was happy to get involved when I said I wanted to put forward a team to raise money for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

“My very good friend Dave Booker passed away in February this year. The Air Ambulance was present and tried to help, and so I wanted to do something for this vital service that helps so many people”.

“As a company which supports fitness and wellbeing, it seemed appropriate that we do something like this, plus it looked like fun”.

“We are just so delighted that people have got behind us by sponsoring as much as they have, maybe the fact that we were going to get soaking wet and covered in mud was the incentive.”

The Active Potential Therapy team, based on the Bumpers Farm Industrial Estate in Chippenham, consisted of a range of staff members from administrators and sports therapists to personal trainers and clients.

Team member, Antonia Sarnago-Orchard, said: “I was really looking forward to the event as it’s the first time I’ve done something like this.

“Even though there was a good level of fitness throughout the team, we still knew the course would present some challenges. We helped each other through the obstacles, and that’s what it was all about to us.”