What did you do at the weekend? Swim, crawl and dive in icy mud and water like this Tough Mudder team from Sheringham?
14:56 28 April 2014
A team from Sheringham has successfully completed a stamina-sapping military-style endurance event - and raised funds for a forces charity into the bargain.
The group, from the town’s lifeboat crew and Tsunami martial arts school, took part in the Tough Mudder event.
Designed by British Special Forces, it is a gruelling 12-mile long obstacle course designed to test both mental and physical strength.
The Arctic Enema - where participants have to swim underwater through an ice-filled shipping container
The Electric Eel - crawling through mud & icy water while live electric wires hang overhead administering nasty electric shocks
Walk the plank - a 15 ft vertical drop into a deep water filled pit.
The Sheringham Team (known as Team Tsunami) travelled to the event at Culden Faw near Reading and included Steve Banks, Liam Cooper, Tony Mattocks, Paul Pretty, Adam Sexton, Alice Sizeland, Chris Taylor and Andy Trend.
Mr Banks, the lifeboat helmsman) said: “Pain, fear, exhilaration, personal triumphs; all in abundance, but nothing beats seeing good mates make it round as a team”.
Crewmate Chris Taylor explained they had been in training for the event for many months - but nothing had prepared them for the 12 miles of constant mud (more than eight inches deep in many places) and 2,500ft-plus of vertical hill climb over the course.
“For the last few miles we were all exhausted, cold, battered & bruised but we held together as a team until the very end, it was an incredible and unforgettable experience. We are already planning our next Tough Mudder!” he added.
Tough Mudder events have been taking place across the world since 2010 with more than two million participants to date.
The key to completing the challenge is to work as a team, something the lifeboat crew is used to.
Adam Sexton was impressed at how strongly the team bonded to help each other through the obstacles and Liam Cooper said that “the camaraderie within the team and all of the other competitors summed it up for me”.
The event supports the Help for Heroes charity and Alice Sizeland raised over £500 in sponsorship for the event.
The team thanked Hilltop Outdoor centre for allowing them to use their assault course for practice and Saffron Pretty for photographing their action on the day.