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Young People Take The Grim Challenge Raising Funds For Matrix Trust

Published on: 11 Feb, 2016
Updated on: 11 Feb, 2016

A group of intrepid young people took part in what is called the grisly Grim Challenge to raise money for the Guildford-based Matrix Trust, a youth work charity.

It took place in Aldershot on Saturday, February 6, in appropriate wild and wet conditions.

The Matrix Truist team who took part in the Grim Challenge.

The Matrix Truist team who took part in the Grim Challenge.

Nine people took part for the Matrix Trust so far raising more than £1,500, that will used to help at-risk young people in Guildford.

‘The Grim’ is a run of over eight miles through cold mud, complete with scrambling nets and lakes to run through.

Despite battling through the beginnings of Storm Imogen, each runner managed to complete the course in well under two hours.

Nici Cahusac.

Nici Cahusac.

Nici Cahusac, a first time Grim Challenge runner, was the first female to complete the race with a time of 56.57 minutes, putting her in 23rd place overall.

The other Matrix runners, half of whom would normally avoid running at all costs, ran in girls and guys teams, captained by newlyweds Ben and Katie Lowe for a healthy dose of rivalry!


Jonny Winterburn.

Afterwards Katie said: “We are so proud of each member of this year’s Grim Challenge team, they each gave their all today to raise money for a very worthy cause.

“The Matrix Trust, who work tirelessly to support young people across Guildford – every penny we have raised will help make a young person’s life better – all the cold and pain has been worth it!”

The Matrix Trust is a youth work charity working to support various pastoral and educational needs of local young people.

All the money raised by the runners will benefit its projects, such as youth clubs, schools workers and one-to-one mentoring.

For more information about the work of the Matrix Trust, send an email to

The Matrix Trust extends a huge thank you to everyone who got involved with running, supporting, and donating. Especially the teams: ‘Matrix Maidens’: Katie Lowe (captain), Nicky McMullin, Danielle Lloyd, Vikki Weaver, Sydney Francis, and Nici Cahusac and Team ‘Mantrix’: Ben Lowe (captain), Chris Berry, and Jonny Winterburn, who was the first male from the Matrix Team, coming in 37th out of more than 1,000 runners.

If you’d like to support their efforts, just visit today and click on donate.

Katie and Sydney

Katie Lowe and Sydney Francis.


Chris Berry.

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