Teams brave the mud to help our heroes

Millbrook MAD Challenge
Millbrook MAD Challenge

Almost 100 employees from an Ampthill company braved tough terrain and mud to raise funds for Help For Heroes.

Staff from Lockheed Martin took part in the arduous Millbrook MAD challenge, raising more than £1,400 for charity.

Millbrook MAD Challenge

Millbrook MAD Challenge

The team, made up of engineers, technicians and other professionals from the company’s Bedfordshire base had to tackle obstacles, difficult terrain and steep climbs during the 5km course at the MoD’s Millbrook site, which is usually used to test military vehicles.

After trudging through sand, gravel and grass, the competitors then had to navigate through Millbrook’s famous Wading Pond to finally cross the finish line of the annual event.

Steve Strachan, interim head of supply chain and who completed the challenge, said: “It was a tough challenge – scaling hills, wading through mud and handling all types of tricky terrain is not easy. But we’re proud to have taken part in such a commendable local initiative, and are delighted to have raised over £1,400 for Help for Heroes, a truly worthwhile cause.”

Of the 95 Lockheed Martin employees to run the race, all finished, with Matthew Palmer being the fastest Lockheed Martin man, with a time of 22:47 and Libby Hymus being their fastest woman, with a time of 33:32. 177 people ran the race from a number of local businesses, all of which are involved in the equipment and support for the UK’s Land Forces.

Millbrook MAD Challenge

Millbrook MAD Challenge

Lockheed Martin UK, headquartered in London, is the UK-based arm of Lockheed Martin Corporation, a global security and aerospace company. Lockheed Martin UK specialises in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

The company employs more than 3,000 people across 21 UK sites, working on a wide range of major programmes spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors.