Tough Mudder - October 2016
We knew we were off to the best possible start when the severe storm warnings hit for the night before, but we would have taken rain over sunshine for this any day, we needed mud! The course was really picturesque, over lots of hills (too many hills) and woods, and into muddy bogs. Big thanks to Bear in anchoring the running and setting a steady pace, to make sure we got round, those 2 days training really paid off.
The obstacles were great fun, with more than a couple really pushing us out of our comfort zone, jumping into ice cold water, falling off ridiculous up hill monkey bars into brown stuff and getting zapped and losing my vision (they were 10,000 volts)! Duff used all his army training to show us how real men crawl on their beer bellies, and deserves huge credit for powering on through after pulling his back just 6 miles in.
All in all there were 21 obstacles over the 12 miles, as much fun as jumping in all that mud is, the best thing about the day is the teamwork you develop to get through, most of the obstacles are designed to force you to need to help and help others to complete, and that is hugely rewarding (once you are at the top).
But the highlight, (as well as completing the course with a great bunch of guys and raising money for a good cause), was Duff getting knocked out by Electroshock Therapy (it did pack a punch), flying 5m and falling flat on his face to complete the course. Unfortunately me and Bear were laughing so hard we could not help him (sorry Duff), but the really worried marshals did!
We are all very proud to have raised an excellent amount for a fantastic cause, and contribute in a small way to the work that they do, and we got to get fitter and have fun along the way.