Scarborough’s coal hump champion John Hunter is set to become a reality TV star after taking part in a new BBC series.
John, 51, of Crossgates, was chosen to compete in BBC2’s “Special Forces - Ultimate Hell Week”, which is due to air in September.
The show, presented by Freddie Flintoff, aims to find the toughest person in the UK by setting a series of brutal challenges led by military experts from all over the world.
John, who has now finished filming for the programme, says it’s the toughest thing he’s ever done.
He explained: “It was just constant thrashing. We only got breakfast and water, so we had to cope with food deprivation as well as sleep deprivation.
“I went 36 hours without sleep at one point. They were getting us up out of bed and there were explosions going off everywhere.
“They had us doing sit ups and press ups in the sea, carrying logs, fighting in a boxing ring - it was just constant.”
John, who regularly does endurance challenges on routes used by the SAS, said one of the hardest things was carrying on with two broken ribs - an injury he sustained during boxing.
He said: “It was just brutal. No amount of training could have prepared anybody for it.
“I’m glad I did it though - it was a great experience and I’ve made some good friends. Everybody there was the best in the country at what they do.”
John, who specialises in weight-carrying events, says he was dubbed “The Mule” by fellow contestants during the filming. He can’t reveal how he got on during the competition, but says “it will be an interesting watch”.