May 8, 2017
As it says on the Tough Mudder web site: “Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile mud and obstacle course designed to drag you out of your comfort zone by testing your physical strength, stamina, and mental grit. With no podiums, winners, or clocks to race against, it’s not about how fast you can cross the finish line. Rather, it’s a challenge that emphasizes teamwork, camaraderie, and accomplishing something almost as tough as you are.”
They did it! Maddy and Lucy ran the Tough Mudder course on Sunday, a beautiful warm sunny day, perfect for crawling through mud and getting battered and bruised while climbing over devilish obstacles.
Within a week of my cancer diagnosis, Maddy knew she wanted to contribute something in some way. With all my treatment, the Macmillan nurses are a reassuring presence, and Maddy felt that theirs was a worthy charity to run for. Tough Mudder fitted the bill, not too far away, and just enough time to get some training in. Within days of launching her fund-raising Just Giving page – Just Giving Maddy and Lucy – her target of raising £1000 was exceeded. Maddy and Lucy have raised an astonishing
to date, and you can still contribute if you like. As Maddy says:
“We are doing the Tough Mudder Half for Macmillan Cancer Support because CANCER SUCKS”
So we all met up at Henley-on-Thames not quite knowing what to expect. I’d been a bit surprised at some of the charges – we had to pay to park, pay to spectate, show photo ID and sign a waiver form to say that should anything at all happen to any of us, the organisers aren’t responsible! But once we were there, it was obvious how huge this event was, and how well organised it was. The signage was excellent, everyone could see where they were meant to go, and there were hundreds of volunteer helpers and marshals to guide you.
Above all, it was such a happy event. Everyone helped everyone else. Just watching all the various teams overcoming fiendish obstacles was inspiring, seeing how they worked out their strategies and methods when confronted with a new problem, then not only getting their own people through, but lending willing hands to whoever needed a shove, pull, or shout of encouragement. It really did restore one’s faith in human nature.
So enough of my waffling, here are the photos of Maddy and Lucy’s Tough Mudder challenge. Oh, and needless to say, they’re going to do it all again – they loved it!