Friday, February 23, 2018

Tough Mudder 2013

Tough Mudder 2013

For the 131st Entry charitable event for 2013 a team of 5 assembled in April at the Boughton House Estate in Northamptonshire for a TOUGH MUDDER event for Help For Heroes. The team comprised of Tom Ambrose, Hugh Carden, Dave Field, Terry Godsmark and Robert Whittaker (Guest 131st on the day). What is a Tough Mudder? Here is a brief description in Tough Mudder’s own words:

“Tough Mudder® events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, determination, and camaraderie. Only 78% of entrants successfully complete each challenge. To get through mud, fire, ice-water, and 10,000 volts of electricity you’ll need teammates to pick you up when morale is low. To get over 12 foot walls and through underground mud tunnels, you’ll need teammates to give you a boost and a push. Tough Mudders® are team players who make sure no one gets left behind. To that end, all Muddersâ„  are expected to uphold top ideals and exhibit teamwork and camaraderie both on the course and off it.”

Never has a title been so literally correct it was TOUGH and it was very MUDDY.

We all got around the 12 mile course in around 3 Hrs 30 mins, there was some hanging around at the 22 obstacles but we kept on running all the way (Not bad for all being over 50!).

Most of the obstacles were difficult, some were horrible, 1st up, on what was a pretty cold day, was the Arctic Enema (A huge tank of iced water), I cannot begin to describe how cold that felt! I got four bolts of 10,000 Volts on the Electric Eel (A commando Crawl of about 25 meters through water with live wires dangling down) which felt like four very hard punches to the body. One of the toughest was at the end trying to get up Everest, a 5 meter high, slippery, half-pipe.

For all the effort and no little pain it was a great experience with a great feeling of team achievement at the end, and NO - I wouldn't do it again!

There was a small team of veterans doing the course at the same time as us, one with his forearm missing, who got around successfully, amazing, this very much highlighted to us the meaning of 'Help For Heroes'.

Thanks to our generous sponsors the team from 131st Entry raised approximately £3500 for Help For Heroes, a brilliant effort by all involved, the team members, support team and the 131st supporters on the day, Kev Hamel and Steve Tunney.

Tom Ambrose