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Facing up to hard facts

IFAs and hard men – do the two go together?

Hargreaves Lansdown&#39s Tom McPhail seems to think so after finishing the recent Hard Man Challenge in Staffordshire.

McPhail joined the growing number of men who seek pleasure in mortification of the flesh through exercise and physical hardship.

The six-mile cross-country chase followed by two circuits of an assault course and a lot of running through swamps proved too much for 400 racers who failed to cross the finishing line.

But running up rope ladders and through concrete pipes seem to suit McPhail&#39s style as he came 78th out of 1,400.

“It is one of the most fun things I have ever done,” says McPhail. Each to their own, says the Diary.

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