Imagine running an 11-mile course up and down steep hills with over twenty obstacle involving freezing cold water, sheer inclines, half a ton of mud, a 12 foot drop into a pond and electric shocks to finish off.
That’s Tough Mudder and I went to watch the one held at Broughton Hall outside Skipton in Yorkshire this weekend supporting a team from Quality for Life Fitness. The 18-strong team had been training for months building up their endurance and were in good spirits although a little bit of nervousness was reported among some of the team (performance anxiety?).
We were up early to get to the event in good time and take up our parking spot. Then we queued to get in as everyone had to produce photo id for some reason (we’d already booked and paid online so as long as we had the receipt what did it matter? Was it because we were crossing the border into Yorkshire?)
Most participants seemed to be in teams although there were some solo runners. Many seemed to have done it before (and there was an extra loop of obstacles for the veterans).
Walking up the steep hills was a challenge in itself (I only noticed on the programme later that it mentioned “challenging terrain”).
I headed back towards the finishing post to catch them on their final run-in and get some food from the various food vendors.
By this time my feet were hurting from all the hiking and having nowhere to sit en route (one thing I would criticise the organisers for) but it must have been far worse for the participants.
Think your worst cross-country run/fell running interrupted by diabolical obstacles – and that’s Tough Mudder!
There were several thousand people there, it was well-organised but not cheap (£80 per person to enter at the early-bird rate, £10 for spectators plus £10 to park, plus the cost of team t-shirts, new running gear etc).
But at the end everyone who completed it was over the moon with many planning the next one.
Congratulations to all the participants especially the QFL team!