Plucky supporters tackled a charity’s first Big Battle event, testing their endurance, speed and strength.

Almost 50 competitors took part in the challenge, raising more than £5,000 for the Hatfield Peverel-based Helen Rollason Cancer Charity.

Personal trainers escorted participants around the 5km course, which featured daunting obstacles including a 15-lane zip-wire into water and a 20ft free-fall death slide.

Janet Peacock and Charlie Spires represented Braintree firm J C Designs.

Janet, 63, from Braintree, said “Charlie supported me throughout the run and my family came along to cheer me on.

“It was completely out of my comfort zone, but I set myself the challenge.

“I was determined to complete it – and I did.”

The event took place at the Event Village in Brentwood.

Chartered accountants Lambert Chapman, in Braintree, also took part in the challenge.

Katie Gardner, from its marketing team, said: “Our team of intrepid accountants had a fantastic time.

“When we initially heard about the event, I tentatively circulated the details expecting maybe one or two brave or bonkers members of staff to sign up, but I was delighted when I quickly had a list of ten eager participants.

“We’re supporting the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity as our charity of the year and so this was the first of many fundraising opportunities for Lambert Chapman LLP to be involved in.”