A tough team from Progress to Excellence strategic partners Recruit.withcare went the extra mile in a charity challenge which tested them to the limits of their endurance.

A seven-strong team from the company’s headquarters in Milton Keynes, along with family, friends and colleagues from sister company Recruit.ed, took part in the annual Tough Mudder – one of the hardest events in the UK – to raise money for Autism Together, the Progress to Excellence charity of the year.

Leading the team through the punishing 10-12 mile course with its 20 obstacles on the Culden Faw Estate in Henley-on-Thames was Andrew Hood, operations manager at Recruit.withcare, recruitment specialists in the healthcare sector.

Their fundraising efforts beat their target of £700 and their projected figure is now £1,000.

The Tough Mudder course was designed by British Special Forces to test all-round strength, stamina, determination and camaraderie. Every year new obstacles are added to test participants’ physical and mental strength – so they were not just running and crawling through thick and deep mud but plunging into vats of ice and facing the fear of live electrical wires.

Andrew, 35, said: “This was my first Tough Mudder and I was encouraged to have a go at it by my brother Kerry who had done the challenge three times before.

“I managed to rope in Richard Rogers, director at Recruit.ed, and support grew from there. As we all have such close ties with Progress to Excellence, it seemed a perfect chance to raise money for the company’s charity of the year.

“As its name suggests, the course was really tough but was an amazing experience – so much so that I’ll be doing it again next year.”