BUSINESSMAN Malk Hall found himself snowed under by six
of Nottingham's biggest rugby players as he prepares himself for
the most grueling charity event of his life.
Hall, Managing Director of multi
award-winning company Hall-Fast Industrial Supplies, was put
through his final paces by Championship side Nottingham Rugby ahead
of next week's Tough Guy Challenge in Perton, near
Entering the punishing event, covering a 15km assault course
which includes dips into freezing water and crawling through icy
mud under barbed wire, is all part of Hall-Fast's efforts to raise
£20,000 for Fountaindale School. Already more than £4,000 has been
raised for the Mansfield-based special education needs school.
Green and Whites players may not have had barbed wire, but they
did test the limits of Hall's physical endurance by making him run
a gauntlet of drills designed to harden even the toughest of rugby
Doubled-over after the session, Hall mustered the strength to
thank the Nottingham players for the hour of rugby torture that
included everything from trying to manhandle resident hardman Tom
Calladine to wrestling former Premiership lock Nic Rouse.
"I was revving the lads up before the sessions because I didn't
want them to take it easy on me," said Hall.
"I needed to test myself because I'm facing a serious challenge
in which people have been hurt in the past. Only a third of people
complete the Tough Guy Challenge and I don't want to be one of
those that fail, because I'm out there to raise money for the
students of Fountaindale.
"I came out to man up, and the Nottingham Rugby boys have
certainly made me do that."
Away from the frozen pitch, the Green and Whites have partnered
up with Hall-Fast to deliver coaching sessions at Fountaindale
School as part of its North Nottinghamshire Project.
Nottingham Rugby first team and community manager Steve Smith
said the club is proud to add its muscle to the cause.
"Malcolm is passionate about everything he sets out to achieve
and we are delighted we can help out like this," said Smith.
"We know making him suffer on the rugby pitch for an hour in
this freezing weather is all for a good cause, and that makes us
feel very warm inside."
Fountaindale is a Specialist SEN school situated in Mansfield,
Nottinghamshire, that offers an inclusive education for pupils aged
3 to 19, who have complex physical and sensory needs.
The school provides education, therapy, nursing and other
specialist services to ensure that each and every child has the
opportunity to achieve their full potential.
You can donate to the cause by going to http://www.bmycharity.com/hallfast