Chew Valley pupil Nathan Mabbs Godfrey just loves a challenge
There seems to be no stopping former Chew Valley pupil Nathan Mabbs Godfrey who is always up for a challenge.
Over the past two years Nathan, who lives with his family in Whitchurch, has raised £1,400 for Help the Heroes by taking part in the London to Paris Bike Ride, a further £1,520 for Cystic Fibrosis by taking part a year later in the Three Cities Cycle Ride from London to Holland and Belgium, before tackling the notorious Tough Guy challenge in Wolverhampton last year – just for the fun of it.
This year he decided he would have a go at the challenging Zero to Fight Night, which he did as he faced his opponent Kanch Sharma at the Hand Stadium in Clevedon, with over 2,000 guests coming along to watch their friends and family members become heroes.
If that wasn't enough, the next day he took part in the notorious Summer Tough Guy (Nettle Warrior) challenge, which is based in Wolverhampton, and which claims to be the world's most demanding one-day survival ordeal toughest race in the world.
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It consists of a cross-country run followed by an assault course, claimed to be tougher than any other worldwide, featuring 25 obstacles, including a slalom run up and down a hill, ditches, jumps, freezing water pools and fire pits.
The Zero to Fight Night, which Nathan described as a ten-week boxing course, with a fight at the end of it, went well.
He said: "The fight was great and I won with three perfect rounds, but it was a hard fight.
"I knocked Kanch down once in the first round and once in the second. But he got back up and kept coming back for more.
"I have the utmost respect for him to keep fighting.
"It was great because we both got to the full three rounds."
He finally got home at 1.30am in the morning, only to be up again at 6.30am to travel up to Wolverhampton for the Tough Guy challenge.
He said: "It was a great feeling being back on the tough guy grounds I was eager to start and feeling surprisingly good.
"I came in at 231 out of 2,000, and Stephan Bond, my friend who ran it with me came in at 232."
Nathan took 2hours and 45minutes to finish the course.
When asked how it was compared to the last time he had taken part, he said: "It was easier because it was warmer.
"But the nettles did cause a few problems."
Nathan said he had not yet decided what his next task would be, but he was already thinking about different options.
He said: "I am still looking for some new challenges."