Apprentice star fired-up for Peace Centre challenge

June 25, 2014 | Nick Taylor

Super-fit celebrity Neil Clough (pictured with Charity Founder Colin Parry)  is taking part in a gruelling 64 km race to raise funds for Warrington’s Peace Centre.

Neil, who made it to the final five in the BBC series The Apprentice, will run 19.5km, mountain cycle 42.5km and kayak 2km as part of the Gaelforce challenge in Ireland at the end of June.

The course takes competitors to the remotest parts of Donegal, through the deep valleys of Glenveagh, forest tracks and white sandy beaches.

Warrington-born Neil, of whom Lord Sugar said: “I would give you a job tomorrow” when he fired him in the final stages of the show, became a patron of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace earlier this year and is keen to raise money for schemes they run supporting the victims of terrorism.

The charity was founded in 1995 by Colin and Wendy Parry following the Warrington bombing that killed their son 12-year-old Tim Parry and three-year-old Johnathan Ball.  The foundation works both nationally and internationally to promote peace and non-violent conflict resolution.

They work with people affected by political violence and acts of terror to support them in dealing with their experiences.

“The foundation is very close to my heart as I was the same age as Tim and also lived in Warrington so could have easily been in the Town Centre the day the bomb went off, said Neil.

“It has also been well reported recently that the foundation needs funding to maintain support for the thousands of victims and their families affected by terror,” he added.

Neil’s early ambitions focused on football and he played at a semi- professional level. He still plays regularly in charity matches. Last month (May 18th) he was part of a celebrity team that played Sheffield United Legends to raise money for the Once Upon a Smile Foundation and Prostate Cancer UK.

“I do exercise most days and I am pretty fit but I’ve never competed in anything as challenging as this. I’m determined to complete the course, though, and raise as much money as I can for the Peace Centre,” said Neil.

Mona Purcell, Race Director of Gaelforce Events said: “We are delighted to hear that Neil is taking part in our event and fundraising for the Warrington Peace Centre and we wish him the best of luck. Gaelforce North is a huge personal challenge for most people but with the stunning course that we are so lucky to have access to, it is also a really memorable event. Taking in Mount Errigal, Glenveagh National Park, Dunlewy and Bunbeg it involves cycling, running and kayaking over a distance of 64km in total. For those who are not quite ready for the full course we also have a sprint event which is 45km in distance.”  

If you would like to support Neil’s Gaelforce Challenge please visit his fundraising page through the link below.

Neil Clough became a patron of the charity in February this year and is committed to raising the profile of the work we carry out and to help with fundraising.