Leeds man raises thousands for charity after taking on gruelling 24-hour tyre flipping challenge

A Leeds man went without food and drink during a gruelling 24-hour tyre flipping challenge to raise money for charity.

Monday, 17th August 2020, 4:45 pm

Greg Saunders, 33, from Hunslet, flipped a whopping 165lb (75kg) tyre continuously across a patch of concrete at the Knostrop Quay on Friday, August 14.

He took on the challenge to raise money for mental health charity Mind.

The personal trainer has taken on tough challenges before, such as walking the Three Peaks with a 100lb weight on his back - but he said this was his toughest challenge yet.

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Greg Saunders, 33, from Hunslet, flipped a whopping 165lb (75kg) tyre continuously for 24 hours to raise money for Mind.

-> Leeds man's weighty charity challenge on the Yorkshire Three PeaksGreg said: "I finished it which is the most important thing but it definitely came with its ups and downs.

"I think around the 18th hour I definitely hit a big wall. I don't know how much of was psychological or physiological, but I was not in a great way.

"I just felt nauseous and could hardly stand up and flip it, but I managed to kind of sit down and then just gradually start flipping again.

"At one point, I definitely considered whether it was possible for me to even finish it."

Greg Saunders, 33, from Hunslet, flipped a whopping 165lb (75kg) tyre continuously for 24 hours to raise money for Mind.

Thankfully, the support of his friends pushed him through and he was able to complete the punishing task.

Greg said: "Coming through it at the end, it was all the better for having that low point and having to push through. It made it more of a challenge and people could see what I was going through.

"I couldn't have done it without the support of my mates though, they really pushed me on.

"The fundraising has kind of gone crazy.

"We've raised nearly £3,000 now s othat's amazing.

He added: "I'm just blown away by all this support and also the amount of money I've managed to raise. I don't think it could have gotten any better.

"Everyone who has sponsored has said what a great charity Mind is.

"With the time we are in at the moment, there's probably more people needing support so I'm really proud to have raised so much money."

To donate to Greg's fundraising campaign, visit his Just Giving page.

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