Was it tough? Was it muddy? ....You bet!

15th June 2017

Back in May we gave news of our Credit Manager, Tracey's intention to take part in the Midlands Tough Mudder Challenge - well, she did it. A couple of weeks ago in sunny, but not too hot conditions, the team started the day off by joining their fellow competitors in a 15 minute warm-up session before starting the challenge at 9.45am. Tracey tells us how it was for her.....

“I was confident about my fitness levels and I was determined to approach each obstacle with a positive attitude and always in my mind was that I wanted the experience to be fun and I was going to try not to put too much pressure on myself. I felt very nervous when we went through the registration process, especially as I read through the waiver agreement we had to sign! The atmosphere in the warm-up zone was great, it was a real ice-breaker and it gave us an opportunity to interact with other participants as well as our fourth team member as two of us were meeting him for the first time.

The obstacles along the course were all named and the ‘Skid Marked’ was definitely the hardest one-even if I could get a grip on the edge of its 10 feet slanted wall, I couldn’t find a foot hold as it was angled so the middle sits just out of reach of your swinging legs. The obstacle I really disliked was the ‘Mud Mill’. I got cramp and went straight under deep muddy water; getting covered from head to foot! The best by far was the ‘Block Ness Monster’ and that was absolutely brilliant. I confess that I didn’t even attempt the ‘Funky Monkey’ (bars) - but then neither did any of my team! One of the most challenging obstacles was the ‘Birth Canal’ where I got stuck behind my team mate, David and the pressure of the water on my back as the tunnel became smaller was both funny and frightening at the same time. As we approached the very last obstacle, the ‘Electro-shock Therapy’ we decided to line ourselves up and go for it together. We all experienced a few volts of electric shock but at different times as we ran through the mud. There were some curses and some laughs in that one!      

We worked really well as a small team and helped each other throughout the three hour and 45 minute event. We also got help from other participants who all helped each other to get over the obstacles. There was a great sense of comradery and there must have been some 2,000 entrants. At the end I was buzzing and felt a great sense of achievement. I was also shattered and ravenous and in desperate need of a hot shower. My partner and his sister came along to support us and cheer us on which was great and I surpassed my fund raising target of £500 with a total of £800. I want to say a really special thanks to everyone who supported me along the way with words of encouragement and by making a donation to my chosen charity. I feel truly overwhelmed by it all.”

Tracey is already talking about taking part in another Tough Mudder event next year, perhaps with a larger team or possibly taking part in a marathon. She’s obviously not been put off! We are all very proud of her-well done Tracey.  

 

  


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