Clitheroe kickboxer takes on Tough Guy challenge

TOUGH GUY?: Our picture shows Luke Holt. (s)
TOUGH GUY?: Our picture shows Luke Holt. (s)

A CLITHEROE man will compete in what is billed the world’s most demanding one-day survival ordeal to raise funds for children with life threatening or terminal illnesses.

Luke Holt, of Henthorn Road, has entered the Tough Guy event, which is held at the end of January, often in freezing weather conditions.

Staged on a 600-acre farm in Perton, Staffordshire, near Wolverhampton, up to one-third of the starters fail to finish in a typical year.

This is the first time former British Kickboxing title holder Luke, who trains at Maree Leisure gym at The Stirk House Hotel, Gisburn, has entered an event like this.

“I have never done anything like this before,” explained the 33-year-old.

“Although I’ve trained on and off for some years, held the British Title for Kickboxing in 2000-2002, and always enjoyed the gym, this event seems to be on another level.”

Father-of-three Luke moved to Clitheroe about 11 years ago when he met his wife Lynn, who owns and runs The Snip hairdressers and barbers in King Lane.

As a construction manager for Merit Merrell Technology, Luke normally works a 14-hour day, so his training has to be done early in the morning or late at night.

“I first saw the advert for the Tough Guy event in a magazine, and that got me interested, then I thought about linking it up and doing it as a way of raising money,” Luke added.

“I knew I wanted to raise money for children – who doesn’t? – and when I came across the Rainbow Trust website I knew that was the one, especially after speaking with them on the phone.

“The work they do is fantastic. I can’t imagine what it must be like for some families with terminally ill children, and if I can help just a little by contributing to a smile for at least one of the children, then I’ll be happy.”

Luke is aiming to raise £2,000. To make a donation to Luke visit www.justgiving.com/luke-holt

Further details can also be found on Luke’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/profile.php?id= 1378715298&ref=tn_tnmn or follow him on Twitter @lukeholt100. To text a donation, it is EKPA72, then the amount to 70070.