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Tough Mudder for Save the Children

Posted on 06 May 2014 by Andy

Tough Mudder for Save the Children

On the 26th of April I undertook the London West Tough Mudder.

Tough Mudder is a 12 mile, all-out assault course. And many of the obstacles are… quite serious. After a mile of running, the first obstacle required me to commando crawl for 60 ft. through mud under barbed wire. As I got to my feet it struck me that if that was the worst that the course would throw at me, it would be a breeze.

But it got harder… quickly. The third obstacle saw a dramatic upping of the stakes – competitors had to jump into a large skip filled with water and ice, and then dive under a line of rubber tires. This was not a good situation and I emerged to face a kilometre of up hill running, drenched and cold.

With the weight of expectation on my shoulders I continued to advance around the course taking everything it could throw at me and I was happy with my performance, apart from when it came to the last obstacle titled “Electroshock Therapy”. This involved running through a small field with hundreds of highly charged electrodes hanging down from above. Needless to say, I hit the floor quite quickly and crawled shamefully to the finish line with the laughter of the baying crowd as my sound track.

I’ve signed up for another one in October, and next time Electroshock Therapy won’t beat me. I raised £493.50 for Save The Children with an additional £100 donated by the Acre Foundation. Thanks to everyone who sponsored me and I hope I did you proud.

Tired but relieved after a grueling finish.