Seven brave Boulting team members took on the Tough Mudder North West Challenge, raising more than £1,500 at the last count for Alzheimer’s Society. On Saturday 10 September, team mates Martin Caldwell, Craig Tillett, Sam Blair, Nick Mullis, Klimis Athanasiadis, Rostom Aboudaya and Andy Pritchard completed the gruelling 12 mile mud-filled course.
Billed as “A mind-numbing combination of obstacles, unrelenting terrain and, of course, mud,” Tough Mudder advises all participants to muster every ounce of mental grit before taking on the challenge.
Martin Caldwell, Internal Sales Engineer, takes up the story: “This is the third time I’ve competed, so I knew what to expect. There is always a fantastic atmosphere on the day, and it really fosters a strong team spirit. All seven of us in the Boulting team stuck together throughout the event to motivate, support and push each other to the finish line.
“This year’s toughest challenge was the ‘Block Ness Monster,’ which requires you to climb over large rolling blocks whilst standing in water up to your neck, and Everest 2.0 in which you run up a mud-filled half pipe and hope that other Tough Mudders at the top manage to grab you and pull you up. The worst challenge, though, was ‘Arctic Enema,’ so called because you plunge down a high speed slide into a container packed with icy water. To get through, you have to completely immerse yourself by ducking under a centre wall – and that freezing cold ice really hits you!”
Applications Engineer and newly subscribed Park-Runner Craig Tillett took Tough Mudder as the opportunity to quit smoking and described it as, ”The chance to set myself a real challenge and find out what I’m capable of achieving. The team spirit on the day was fantastic, and the fact that we were competing for charity gave us extra motivation to succeed.”
Sam Blair who works as Project Engineer confronted his toughest challenge, ‘Everest 2.0.’ Commenting after the event, Sam said, “I’d encourage anybody to get involved. It’s great fun and gives you the opportunity to get fit, as well as raising money for a very worthy cause.”
Nick Mullis, Klimis Athanasiadis, Rostom Aboudaya and Andy Pritchard added, “It was a great team bonding exercise. It was a very tough challenge but working together we made sure we all completed it!”
Janice Hornby, Internal Communications Officer, said: “Since we introduced our employee nominated charity fundraising initiative in 2011, we are extremely proud to have raised a fantastic £12,778 up to the end of last year for charities including Warrington Neonatal Unit, Jump Children’s Charity, Long Lane Garden Centre for adults with mental health problems, Steve Prescott Foundation and Claire House Children’s Hospice.
“The amount raised is just incredible and we’re so grateful to all staff for their hard work and generosity. The Tough Mudder challenge is a fantastic example of the dedication of our team. We also hold cake bakes, which prove extremely popular, and our next event is the Alzheimer’s Memory Walk later this month. Watch this space for the next update and to see our running total for 2016.”
It’s not too late to add to this year’s fundraising total, which Boulting has pledged to match up to a value of £2,500.
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