Toughest Stag Weekend in the World – Brecon Beacons

WHILE most lads on their stag dos head off for a weekend of drunken debauchery, that was never going to be an option for a top-class Thai boxer preparing for both a Premier League fight and world-title bid writes Paul Cook in the Northern Echo

So when Michael Dicks’ trainer and best man Paul Hamilton came to organise his protege’s party, he had to think outside the box.

On February 10, Dicks, Hamilton, and another 28 of their friends will head for the Brecon Beacons to take part in a series of endurance challenges to raise money for the NSPCC.

For two days, the party, including fellow members of Darlington Boxing and Martial Arts Academy where Mr Dicks trains, and fighters from across the country, will tackle some of the country’s toughest terrain and potentially hazardous weather conditions.

They will be divided into two teams of 15 competing over a 31-mile bicycle ride circumnavigating the Beacons, a seven-mile kayak and the infamous Fan Dance – a 24km walk across rugged terrain carrying a 32lb rucksack used for SAS selection – only a third of participants are expected to pass the test.

The losing team will face the Royal Navy’s ice bath at the top of the mountains.

So next time you’re thinking how tough you’ve got it arranging your stag weekend give a thought to these boys. At least you’ve got something to look forward to on your stag party!

For more information on less demanding stag party ideas click here.
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