NEWS — 04 June 2014
Former world champion boxer Steve Collins has devised an obstacle course on his farm for a good cause

Former world champion boxer Steve Collins has devised an obstacle course on his farm for a good cause

By David Hennessy

You can test yourself against the mettle of twice World Champion boxer Steve Collins by taking on a 5K or 10K obstacle course designed by The Celtic Warrior himself.

Entitled The Great British Hell Run, the St Albans event on June 14 is raising money for seven charities, including Help for Heroes.

Steve told The Irish World that, despite its name, it is something everyone can join in with: “I’ve done a couple of these races and to be quite honest some of them are a bit too extreme and over the top. I wanted to do one that would appeal to everyone, you can make it as hard as you want or as easy as you want because everything’s optional. We have the water trough (a skip donated by Powerday), we have the high climbing, the crawling and one or two things I won’t tell you about because people may not come,” he says breaking into a laugh at the end.

“There’s a 5K and a 10K course you can do, you can finish on 5K or continue on to do the 10K, that’s the option you have. I love it, I’ve done it a few times myself. It’s 5K but it doesn’t feel like 5K because it’s enjoyable for you with beautiful scenery in the countryside. And it’s very close, St Albans is not out in the sticks like most of them are and there’s easy access to it.”

The event takes place two days after the beginning of the world cup and later that evening, people can watch England take on Italy: “The games are on late at night. This starts in the morning and is over by the afternoon/early evening so people can then go enjoy a beer, enjoy the football because they’ve had a good exercise that day and not feel guilty about having a few beers and a barbeque. It sets them up.”

The games are on late at night. This starts in the morning and is over by the afternoon/early evening so people can then go enjoy a beer, enjoy the football because they’ve had a good exercise that day and not feel guilty about having a few beers and a barbeque. It sets them up.

The course is on Steve Collins’ farm in St Albans. This is where charity polo games take place and money that the Great British Hell Run raises will go towards maintaining the ground, insurance and other costs of these events so that they keep all proceeds raised.

Steve is looking to do more events in the future: “This is our first time to do it and the first couple are for developing its reputation. I expect after the first one, word will start spreading, I’ll have another one in a couple of months’ time again and then after that, when it’s more established, we’ll make it a team competition.”

Steve Colins was twice WBO Middleweight Champion of the World, twice defeating both Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn. Since last year, there has been talk of the Dublin boxer, now 49, stepping back into the ring to fight his long time nemesis, Roy Jones Jr, the opponent he never got to fight although he wanted to. It now appears this fight is unlikely: “We’ve been trying to make it happen for 15 years. When he has the courage to show up, it will happen. It’s a 15 year ongoing grudge.”

Steve pictured with the WBO World Middleweight belt that he twice won

Steve pictured with the WBO World Middleweight belt that he twice won

Asked if the talk could continue for fifteen more, Steve laughs: “Not a problem for me. I’ve got longevity. It could be like the Stallone-De Niro Grudge Match!”

The Irish World suggests Steve invited Roy Jones Jr to try out his obstacle course on June 14: “He won’t come anywhere near me. He’s scared  of me. He rattles in my company.”

Steve now acts and had a prominent role in Tom Begley’s Tax City, written and produced by Andy Nolan of The BibleCode Sundays.

The Great British Hell Run takes place at St Albans Polo Grounds, Chiswell Green Lane, St Albans AL2 3NS. Entry is £25 with proceeds going to The Irish Guards Charitable Funds, Help for Heroes, Royal Hospital Chelsea among other charities. For more information, go to http://www.thegbhrun.co.uk or email info@thegbhrun.co.uk.

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