SPECIAL forces veteran and television personality Ant Middleton has launched a new gruelling fitness fundraiser for Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

The Scotty Challenge will see participants pay a registration fee and complete a tough CrossFit workout with a weighted bag, starting and finishing with a one-mile run.

Challengers will then upload their time on an online leaders board.

Mr Middleton, star of TV’s Mutiny and SAS: Who Dares Wins, met Scotty’s founder Nikki Scott and had a taster of what the challenge involves. 

He said: “The Scotty Challenge is good fun, but will definitely put the participants through their paces, the challenge will really appeal to those with a competitive streak and it’s great that they can compete with one another whilst raising money for Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

“The work that Nikki and the charity do to help these children to smile again is invaluable so I would ask anyone who enjoys a good workout to get behind this campaign and take part, make your work out mean something and raise money while doing it.”

The Scotty Challenge is open for registration and will run for three months from Thursday, June 1  to Saturday, September 30.

All 12 exercises are to be completed in the fastest time possible. They include a one mile run, 100 slams, 100 squat jumps, 100 clean and press, 100 step ups, 100 shoulder to overhead, 100 walking lunges, 100 pull throughs, 100 bag over shoulder, 100 alternating squat thrusts, 100 burpees and a final one mile run, all to be done with a weighted bag.

To enter, challengers pay a £10 registration fee, which goes directly to charity, and are asked to continue fundraising for Scotty’s where possible during the challenge.

The online leader board allows participants to challenge friends and track rival gyms. Various prizes will be up for grabs, including one for the fastest time, male and female, and one for the most funds raised.

Mrs Scott said: “I am so excited about the Scotty Challenge and I can’t thank Ant enough for his support in getting behind the campaign and the charity, it really means a lot. I know how passionate the CrossFit community is in this country, especially within the army, so if everyone who signs up puts their energy into raising money as well as competing it will make an enormous difference to the work we do.”

Scotty’s Little Soldiers, based on the North Lynn Industrial Estate, supports children who have lost a parent serving in the armed forces.

Mrs Scott added: “We now support almost 300 hundred children across the country, which just keeps going up and up, so the more funds we raise the more we can do to support every single child.”

To enter the challenge, visit www.thescottychallenge.com