On July 15th on the grounds of Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfriesshire, Scotland. I will be taking part in an adrenalin fuelled event known simply as Tough Mudder!
Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by the SAS Special Forces and are built to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit and team camaraderie.
Tough Mudder was founded by Will Dean, a former counter-terrorism agent for the British Government. While getting his MBA at Harvard, Dean was inspired to start Tough Mudder out of frustration with unimaginative and repetitive marathons, triathlons, mud runs and other adventure runs and started the events in the US.
Due to this being the first time Tough Mudder has been brought to the UK it involves 28 hugely challenging obstacles, rather than the standard 25 seen in the US events which include, 15ft walls, freezing lake swims, under water tunnels, crawling through stinging nettles under barbed-wire and the final obstacle...known as Electric Shock Therapy, which involves running through electric wires that hang down from a structure which send 10,000 volts coursing through your body.
It sounds pretty brutal, and I'm sure it is but it is definitely for a very good cause!
I am doing this event with a team of my closest friends to raise as much money as we can as a team for the British Heart Foundation. We are looking to raise around £300 each before the event takes place in July 2012 and any donations would be very much appreciated!
We have begun training now and are due to step up the intensity but with just 81 days to go till the big day we have a lot of hard work ahead of us.
Now a little about the charity...
The British Heart Foundation is the nation's heart charity and was founded in 1961 by a group of medical professionals who where concerned about the increasing death rate from cardiovascular disease. Every day they save lives, through pioneering research, providing vital information to help people reduce their own heart health risks, campaigning for change and supporting and caring for heart patients.
This really is a great cause and hopefully the money we raise will be greatly beneficial to a huge number of people.
Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor me and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.