On a brisk Saturday this October, five enthusiastic Qube Global Software employees made their way down to Winchester to take part in the London South Tough Mudder event for a great cause, Help for Heroes.
Tough Mudder is pitched as “the Toughest Event on the Planet. Probably”. It’s an obstacle course run over 12 miles designed to test all round strength, stamina, teamwork and mental grit. After a two hour drive, we arrived at the course in high hopes, if not a little nervous about the challenge that lay ahead. In typical army style, we warmed up to the dulcet tones of a sergeant major character. There was more encouragement at the start line and it wasn’t long until we were on our way to what was about to be three hours of running up hills, crawling through mud, scaling walls, jumping into ice cold water and getting electrocuted. Yes, you read that right, getting electrocuted.
To give you an idea of the obstacles we faced, let me tell you about the final and arguably most scary obstacle. It’s called “electroshock therapy”. It consists of running about 20m through electric wires, some of which have around 10,000 volts flowing through them. If you happen to run into one of these wires, and you will, then that’s more than enough to send your legs into spasm and send you head first into the mud. You then try to stand up and get hit by another wire which causes another muscle to involuntary send you face planting back into the mud. And repeat. Until you’ve managed to crawl out of the 20m of torture.
That may sound like a stressful way to start a Saturday but surprisingly, it was actually quite fun. Tough Mudder’s mantra is all about team work and you really do need to work together over the course. There is a great atmosphere throughout with all participants helping each other out and it was good fun running with my colleagues, who I’m pictured with above all smiles at the end of the event.
In November with the remembrance events taking place the sacrifice of servicemen is at the forefront of everyone’s minds. Tough Mudder supports an excellent charity and provides a really memorable day out.