Five childhood friends of a “charismatic and determined” Goodwick man, who died unexpectedly last year, will tackle a gruelling 12 mile obstacle course together to raise funds in his memory.

Gianni Sonvico, 23, a newly qualified barrister, went missing after an event at Middle Temple, London, on October 25. His body was subsequently found in the Thames.

Gianni’s friends have joined forces to tackle the Tough Mudder South West this August.

The G Team comprises of David Roscoe, David Havard, Oliver Davies, Llew Jones and Ryan Leeke.

Together they will tackle a 12 mile obstacle course over rough and rigorous terrain featuring steep climbs, deep mud pits and designed to test all-around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie.

“It is a challenge Gianni often mentioned and I’m sure he would have taken it in his stride,” said G Team member David Roscoe. “For that reason alone we feel it is appropriate to be undertaking it in his memory.

“He will be sadly missed, but never forgotten. He was charismatic and determined, a really good friend who was always looking out for everyone.

“We spent every weekend together growing up and when we went our separate ways He was the organiser, making sure we all got together to catch up when we came home.”

The G Team is raising funds for the Arsenal Foundation, a charity which motivates and inspires young people to reach their full potential often through sport or education.

“Gianni was a huge Arsenal fan and a proud season ticket holder,” said David. “It was always going to be the Arsenal Foundation, their work is the sort of thing he really supported. We are hoping to raise as much as we can.”

Gianni’s mother, Karen Chandler added:

"Gianni had the most wonderful friends growing up. Now they are scattered across the country but have come together since he died to offer me and Maya incredible support.

“To do this challenge in his name, and to support each other in this way, is very special. They are remarkable men and we are proud to say we will be there cheering them on through every muddy step."

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