By Seb Wals
In a bid to shed some much needed winter weight and in aid of the charity that we support at Latitude (Teens Unite Fighting Cancer) I decided to take on Tough Mudder this September.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with this event, it's a 12 mile, military-style obstacle course through hilly, muddy terrain. And as if running that kind of distance isn't ridiculous enough, they included 29 delightful challenges such as Arctic Enema (jumping into a skip full of ice), Cry Baby (crawling through a tent full of tear gas) and Electroshock Therapy (running through a lane riddled with 10,000 volt electrodes) to name but a few.
Obviously I was pretty drunk when I signed up and normally wouldn't go through that kind of silliness for fun, but the main aim was to raise awareness (and money) for Teens Unite. They are a small but amazing charity dedicated to improving the lives of young people aged 13-24 who suffer from cancer and other life limiting illnesses. They run regular fun days out and provide ongoing long-term support for teens, whether they're undergoing treatment or in remission. Check out their site to find out more: www.teensunitefightingcancer.org/.
After four months of after-work runs and spending a small fortune on a personal trainer to kick my arse I somehow managed to survive the event. And although it was pretty painful and got mud in places no man should get mud I actually really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it to anyone who likes a good bit of physical and mental torture.
And thanks to the generosity of our clients we managed to raise about £700 in a short amount of time, but if you fancy making a donation I've kept the fundraising page open: www.justgiving.com/seb-wals/
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