Jake takes on mammoth mud race for charity to raise awareness about addiction

Jake and Matt took on the challenge to raise money for Action on Addiction

Jake and Matt took on the challenge to raise money for Action on Addiction - Credit: Archant

A man from Ely tackled a muddy obstacle challenge to raise more than £800 for charity to mark two years of being free from alcohol addiction.

Jake Scott-Paul, from branding company Soopa Doopa, took on the ‘Rush Weekend’ put on by Nuclear Races, alongside his friend Matt Lucas.

The course - which featured 52 obstacles and 7km of running - also had mud baths, zip lines, tunnel crawls and death slides.

The pair completed it for the UK-based charity Action on Addiction - that helps people affected by drug and alcohol problems.

It comes after Jake had entered a month-long stay at a treatment centre to overcome alcoholism in June 2016.

He explained: “I am coming up to my second year free from active addiction. If it wasn’t for the treatment I received I would not be here today.

“I am forever grateful for the family, friends, colleague, clients, suppliers, therapists and medical staff that supported me through this difficult time.

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“Many of you will know someone that suffers with addiction in some form or another - be it alcoholism, drug, sex, gambling, food, social media or shopping.

“Some of you will know those that have died from the disease. One of the guys I was in treatment with died recently only 22 years of age.

“Addiction is the biggest preventable killer in the UK.

“Unfortunately many people do not get access to the residential care that proves so successful in overcoming active addiction therefore I would like to try and raise some funds to help.

“We felt it was a great opportunity to raise awareness around addiction that affect so many people.

“It shows that recovery is possible.”

Ely-based Soopa Doopa also kitted Jake and Matt out in hot pink tops on the day, so that they could be easily spotted.

The event took place this weekend (May 19 to 20) in Essex.

All Nuclear Rush survivors received medals, a t-shirt and a hot cup of tea at the finish.

To donate to Jake’s cause visit: www.justgiving.com/jake-scott-paul