Have You Got What It Takes To Be A Tough Mudder?

The UK offers many ways to put your physical prowess to the test, from the Three Peaks Challenge, where you climb the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales, to the London Triathlon that sees competitors cycle, swim and run their way to the finish line.  However, there is a new challenge that is growing in popularity, not just in the UK, but across the world.  Designed by the British Special Forces, they are known as Tough Mudder events, which are sure to test participants to their mental and physical limits.

Course Overview

Tough Mudder courses tend to be around 12 miles long interspersed with a series of obstacles.  All the old favourites that you would expect from the Special Forces are there, including rope swings, water jumps, monkey bars, balancing beams, climbing walls and partially submerged tunnels. However, there are a few less traditional obstacles that always cause people to raise their eyebrows when they first hear about them.   Perhaps the most surprising are those that involve live wires, which are used to give an electric shock to competitors.

With the Electric Eel obstacle, participants have to crawl on their belly through a trench of freezing water, or possibly ice, as lives wires dangle above them.  Those who fail to keep low enough to the ground will suddenly find their body contorting compulsively, as up to 10,000 volts of electricity surges through it.

The Electroshock Therapy obstacle is similar, except the field of live wires must be tackled on two feet.  Some try to creep their way through the wires, others prefer to run head long into them and get through the field as quickly as possible.  Whichever tactic they go for, every competitor will be shocked on what tends to be the final obstacle of the course.

A Fun Team Challenge

Whilst Tough Mudder events might sound pretty harsh, and there is no denying the courses take some finishing, competitors actually tend to have lots of fun.  The events aren’t seen as serious races, where participants compete for the best finishing time – it’s more about teamwork.  In fact, the Special Forces have designed some of the obstacles so that they can only be completed with the help of others and entrants must register as part of a team.  The team ethic required helps to create a real sense of camaraderie and you’ll often see members of different teams helping, encouraging and cajoling each other around the course.

UK Events

There are 5 UK based Tough Mudder events planned for 2013, with the first due to take place 8th & 9thJune in London.  Registration for this event is now closed, but there are still spaces available for the remaining 4 events, which are to be held:

  • 24th & 25th August  – Dalkeith, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 7th & 8th September – The Broughton Hall Estate, Skipton, Yorkshire, England
  • 21st – 22nd September – Glanusk Estate, Crickhowell, Powys, Wales
  • 5th & 6th October – Cholmondeley Estates, Malpas, Cheshire, England

If you fancy taking on the challenge and seeing if you have what it takes to be a Tough Mudder, you had better get your team together ASAP and sort out your registration, as spaces are filling up quickly!

Visit the Tough Mudder site for further information.