Toughest and Muddiest Event to Hit Henley – Tough Mudder

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Described as the ‘Probably the toughest event on the planet’ thousands of people converged at Culden Faw near Henley over the weekend to put themselves through Tough Mudder a 12 mile course with 24 of the hardest obstacles which included the Arctic Enema, Boa Constructor and Electric Eel (the one many people said was the worst).

Mud glorious mud, obviously featured, and lots of it – the organisers claim over 500,000 litres was on the course.  The course was steep too with a total of 2539 feet of vertical gain and participants endured vast ranges of temperatures from freezing cold through Artic Enema to normal outside temperatures over the weekend of 14°C.

This was the first Tough Mudder London West event to take place in Henley and participants had travelled from both near and far including a team with members from France we met in town afterwards.

Many participants were doing it for charity.  Tough Mudder is a proud partner of Help for Heroes. Mudders have raised over £600,000 for Help for Heroes, whose mission is to deliver an enduring national network of support for wounded servicemen and women and their families.

Team Laurence from Laurence Menswear in Duke Street competed in Tough Mudder yesterday. Laurence Morris the owner said, “It’s probably the most gruelling, exhausting, toughest thing I have ever done… but also the most exhilarating and exciting. Proud to have been part of this event and raise money for such a worthy cause.”

Joanna Lock from Henley was in a team of Henley people called Henley Mudder Fudders! She said afterwards, “We all loved it. It was hugely challenging getting through the worst army assault obstacles. Being electrocuted really really hurt, being wet and cold for so long was really mentally and physically debilitating and steep hill after hill after hill was knackering but we’ve all said it was our team support of each other that got us through, plus it was quite a giggle (at times)…..!”

Finishers were awarded an orange headband to wear with pride – what an achievement.  Well done to everyone. Many were talking about next time…

Not sure what some of them will be wearing on their feet though as we saw many pairs of trainers left in the car park!