Gruelling challenge in memory of Scott

Taking part in a Rat Race Dirty Weekend and the group were raising money for the Scott Bell Fund.
Taking part in a Rat Race Dirty Weekend and the group were raising money for the Scott Bell Fund.

A group of friends took part in one of the world’s largest assault courses in memory of a former pal.

Alan Irvine, Richard Lawton, Dale Crawford, Scott Johnson and Andrew Smith got into the swing of things at the Rat Race Dirty Weekend in Lincolnshire.

The five completed 200 obstacles over 20 miles in memory of their friend and former Blyth Spartans striker Scott Bell, who lost his brave battle with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) last October.

The event, at Burghley House in Stamford, Lincolnshire, saw the group take part in a range of obstacles including mud pits, monkey bars and three 10ft climbs near the finish.

They also had to overcome heavy rain on the day, but the thought of raising money in memory of their former friend pushed them on to the end.

Alan, 38, of Cramlington, and who knew Scott at school, said: “There was a particular point at the seven or eight-mile mark when The Killers’ song Mr Brightside came on.

“It was Scott’s favourite song and we all started singing and it was a really good moment.”

They took on the challenge for the Scott Bell Fund, set up by Scott after he was diagnosed with MND.

So far they have raised nearly £700, to be split between the Motor Neurone Disease Association and sufferers of MND in the region.

The group are also planning on taking part in the Great North Run in aid of the fund and have other fundraising events planned.

Scott was 35 when he lost his battle with MND, leaving a wife, Louise, and son Elliott.

Earlier this year Louise vowed to continue the fund to help other MND sufferers in the area.

As well as playing for Blyth Spartans, the popular striker also had a spell with Bedlington Terriers.

Anyone who would like to make a donation can do so via or via the Scott Bell Fund website at