What did you get up to last weekend? Whatever it was we’d wager it didn’t involve electric shocks, ice baths, and freezing mud…
Last Sunday around 7,500 people including K2L’s own Tom Davies gathered at Cholmondeley Estate, Cheshire to take on the ‘Tough Mudder’ challenge.
For the brave lot who took on the challenge, grueling mud-soaked 12-miles and no less than 27 demanding obstacles stood between them and the finish line. Needless to say, the challenge was not for the faint hearted.
Sunday’s ‘Mudder’ was tougher than most thanks to a spate of frosty weather.
Highlights included the famous ‘mud mile’, an ice-bath, monkey bars (Tom was one of around 30 mudders who managed to clear this one without falling in!) and the dreaded ‘Electroshock Therapy’; which sees competitors running through fine wire and enduring the odd 10,000 volt jolt of electricity along the way.
Here are few of our favorite photos of Tom and his team, the ‘Didsbury Virgin Mudders’ from the day.
Tom made it to the finish the whole thing inevitably many others didn’t make it to the end.
So how did he do it?
To prep himself for the big event, Tom joined personal trainer Chris Clarke and a handful of other mudders-in-the-making for four weeks of relentless training. Our friend Simon at Standby Productions filmed their progress- you can watch their journey here.
The guys met up for regular training sessions both in the gym and out in the cold before and after work. The punishing regime even spilled into the weekends, but it all paid off in the end!
Of course nothing could prepare them for the electric shocks. What advice would Tom give to anyone brave enough to sign up for next year’s event?
“The worst things on the day were probably the cold and the electricity. My advice to anyone hoping to do next year’s event is start training early- the more training you have under your belt, the better. The only part you can’t really prepare for is the electroshock’s. When you reach that stage only advice I can give you is cover your head (nothing worse than a shock to the head) and hope for the best!”
Do you have what it takes to take on the challenge? Let us know in the comments below.