Four men are celebrating after completing a challenge billed as ‘probably the toughest event on the planet’.
The Manx Mudders – Steven McIntosh, Mike Crosbie, Chris Drinkwater and Jay Pollard – took part in the Tough Mudder event at Broughton Hall estate, in Yorkshire, raising £4,131.01 for Craig’s Heartstrong Foundation.
Organisers had warned participants that mud would be ‘abundant’ and the course design team would use the terrain, rolling grazed fields and classic Yorkshire moorland, to create the ‘most challenging and muddy course Yorkshire has ever seen’.
Steve said: ‘The reality of what we were about to encounter was made much more clearer as we arrived at midday to catch a glimpse of the early starters being electrocuted at the finish line before shivering their way to the ice cold showers to clean off.
‘Not long after that we were registered and acquainted with the ominous signs to ask for medical attention.
‘We shuffled along into the warm up area along with the 600 other people who were also part of our wave. After some embarrassing stretching in front of the 1,000 or so spectators, we soon set off on the gruesome 12-mile track.’
Within the first 15 minutes they had scaled two 10-foot walls and jumped into a container full of ice.
‘As we slogged our way around the Yorkshire Moors, the constant incline was murderous on our legs, as too were the never ending wall climbs, water tunnels and mud trenches,’ Steve said.
‘Just as the windy conditions began dry us off, we were once again submerged in muddy water, gasping for breath.’
After the ‘mud mile’, they finally had something a little easier in the form of a 50-metre mud slide, but the fun didn’t last long.
Steve said: ‘Once again we found ourselves crawling through mud, only this time with barbed wire netting an inch above our head and the odd live electric wire hanging through. We knew that this wasn’t going to be pleasant from the expletives coming from the competitors in front.’
The final stretch saw the ‘Everest’ obstacle, a slippery, almost vertical, curved slope that required a decent run up and some strong grip trainers.
‘This appeared to be a spectators’ favourite as they witnessed wave after wave of runners suffering the humiliating fate of slamming into the slope boards only to find themselves sliding 15 feet back down into the mud,’ Steve said.
‘Twice Chris tried and failed to tackle this, much to the amusement of the spectators.’
‘Walk the Plank’, a 15-foot jump into muddy water, was the last time they got soaked, just before the electric cables waited for their sorry souls at the finish line.
Steve said: ‘Ploughing through was our only option. We sprinted through trying to remain dignified with our manly screams. Thankfully, the staff were on hand to pass us our finisher’s pint and Tough Mudder headbands as our two and a half hour ordeal came to an end.’
The Manx Mudders thanked everyone who supported and sponsored them, in particular, Pokerstars who matched their efforts through their corporate giving programme ‘Helping Hands’.
The team were keen to give something back to Craig’s Heartstrong Foundation as they have all taken advantage of the free heart screening the charity provides .