This beauty pageant contestant will be swapping high heels and a glamorous dress for army fatigues and mud when she takes part in a fundraising event next month.
Christina Jones, from South Shore, has just reached the finals of the Miss Fylde Coast 2015 competition, and on March 15, as part of her efforts to raise money for the contest’s chosen charity, The Variety Club, she will be taking part in a British Military assault course.
The Major Series Assault Course will include a 5k run and a number of challenging obstacles – including a tyre wall, river crossing, ice crawl, log-carrying, a giant spider’s web and thick woods – as well as plenty of mud!
It will be far from glamorous for the 19-year-old, who works as a health care assistant at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
She said: “I wanted to do something a bit different to raise money for charity.
“Lots of people do things like bag packs, or a sponsored silence.
“But I thought my family and friends would be more likely to donate money to see me try to tackle an army assault course and get covered in mud.
“I used to do athletics about seven years ago, but then GCSEs came along and going out with friends and exams, so it took a backseat.
“So I’m having to try to build fitness and strength back up to do this.
“I’ve been going to the gym to work on my upper body strength, and been going on the cross-trainer, to make sure I can run around the course.
“It’s certainly different from wearing beautiful dresses and heels onstage in the competition.”
The Miss Fylde Coast contest is the first beauty competition Christina has entered and she was delighted to get through to the final, which will take place in April.
“I wanted to do it last year, but I didn’t really have the confidence.
“After watching a TV show, Beauty Or Bust, on Channel 4, which featured the contest, it really inspired me to give it a go.
“I was so surprised to get through to the final, I really didn’t expect it, but it’s fantastic.
“I’ve really enjoyed taking part so far. It’s been great meeting the other girls, I’ve made new friends.
“I love the glamour of it, the dresses and make-up.
“And raising money for charity, as it’s nice to know you’re helping a good cause.”
l To help Christina’s efforts, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/christinajones