Take on a Tough Mudder for Street Child
Guarantee one of our places for any of the UK Tough Mudder events in 2016. This hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle race and mud run is designed by British Special Forces to challenge the toughest of the tough. Enter individually or as a team!
If you sign up as a group of 5, we'll give each of you £5 off your entry fee!
Register your interest by clicking below and don't forget to create a Virgin Money Giving page to start your fundraising!
Entry: £45 | Fundraising Target: £500
Tough mudder fundraiser of 2015
Franny Rafferty took on a Tough Mudder in 2015 for Street Child, here's what she has to say about her experience and why you should sign up!
How did you raise money for Street Child?
I found the more my friends on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter could see me facing the various indignities of hauling my bum to the gym or endlessly running around parks, then the more supportive they were. In addition to photo updates of me looking utterly miserable training, I would also drop in information about the brilliant work that Street Child does and what the money I raised would pay for.
How did you get on running Tough Mudder?
I was a solo runner and absolutely terrified on the day. There were so many teams and EVERYone seemed to be super fit. But from the off everyone taking part is super supportive and even if you're not in a team you are not left to struggle alone. And although everyone else seemed to be super fit, Tough Mudder is as much about grit and determination as it about having abs!
The information you receive ahead of the event is great, so I had a good idea about what to expect from the obstacles but when you are actually faced with vertical walls and being electrocuted there is a degree of panic that goes through your mind. And it is tough, properly tough - I had bruises for weeks (and months) afterwards, and bruises that seemed to cover whole limbs. No number of bruises will diminish the amazing feeling when you cross the line though, get handed your headband (and cold cider!) and then see your fundraising total hit your target as people realise what you've just achieved.
How did you prepare for your Tough Mudder?
In previous years I've run a half marathon and completed a 100km night ride, but never challenged myself with anything like Tough Mudder before. How do you train for obstacles... my local park was not equipped with monkey bars, or potholing water tunnels so I did what I could to build my stamina and strength. The difficult thing was that my work commitments didn't allow for the most thorough training programme and if I were to do it again I would definitely want to do more sessions at the gym for upper body strength - I was pretty blooming rubbish at any obstacles that required arms and holding onto metal bars! But I got in plenty of runs, regular 5ks and weekend 10ks, with the odd 15k thrown in for extra misery points!
What would you say to someone thinking about taking part?
Tough Mudder is a great challenge for anyone who is looking to raise money and really challenge themselves physically and mentally, especially if you've done 10k runs and half marathons before.