Blood, sweat & tears

By Craig McIntyre,

Recently, five of the Edinburgh team (David, Kirstie, Marta, Jenny and Chris) plus Ben – a resident of our Leith office – took the plunge into the Tough Mudder 2017. The event is a 12 mile obstacle course that is billed to “drag you out your comfort zone by testing your physical strength, stamina and mental grit.” Even writing that now makes me wonder why we signed up to it in the first place!

We set off early on the road to Dumfries on a glorious, sunny day with everyone in good spirits. Two hours later, we were greeted at the grounds of Drumlanrig Castle with a festival atmosphere of energetic runners, colourful marquees and pumping heavy metal music to get us in the mood from the off! Everyone excited and slightly nervous about what we had let ourselves in for we set off at 11am with a hoard of other ‘Mudders’ after collectively chanting a few spartan style war-cries to psyche us up. AHHOOH!!

Over the course of the 12 miles we tackled 10ft walls, slid through ice baths, battled through mud up to our knees and ran through electric cables … yep, that one’s as horrible as it sounds. Each of the twenty obstacles was a different challenge, but we were all delighted that we got through every one of them. Testament to great teamwork and communication we staggered through the finish line to get our victory pints and have a well deserved lie down in the sunshine, caked in mud but finished!

On to the next challenge!!