INTREPID volunteers endured pools of ice and 10,000 volt electric shocks to complete a gruelliing SAS obstacle course.

Halton Haven Warriors completed a 12-mile Tough Mudder challenge and raised almost £10,000 for cancer sufferers.

It was a marathon effort as 16 men and four women trained for months to tackle a course which only sees one in three teams finish.

Organiser Simon Li, aged 38, an IT systems engineer, from Brookvale, Runcorn, said: “It was an amazing day.

“The mud was waist high, it was exhausting. Then, imagine on a winter’s day, jumping into ice cold water.

“The electroshock therapy is by far the most brutal obstacle.

“We kept encouraging each other. Everyone was great. We enjoyed it so much, we’re going to do a tougher challenge, the Rat-race next.”

He commended the efforts of postman Jeff Allen, aged 53, and his wife, Anne, aged 45, a solicitor.

Simon said: “They were the real stars of our team, proving age is not a barrier.”

The team included a young mum, a salesman, banker, fitness trainer and recruitment consultant.

Runcorn family coach firm Anthonys Travel, which supports the hospice, provided free transport.

Their driver, Tommy Newcombe, aged 69, of Princes Close, Castlefields, donated his wages for the day to the charity.

Partner Richard Bamber, aged 40, said: “Tommy’s late wife, Lynn, was a patient at Halton Haven.Tommy saw first hand the tremendous work done by hospice staff.

“He has donated his time free of charge to drive the courtesy coaches we provide and asks for his wages to be donated to Halton Haven which is a wonderful gesture.”

Visit or text 70070 with a message of HHTM99£5 to donate.