Local physiotherapy practice, Physiolistic, were invited to provide physiotherapy support for six GB and Olympic athletes who are taking part in a Sky Sports documentary to be aired later in the summer. A production team are following the athletes around as they participate in various Tough Mudder events around the world. Having recently taken part in the Los Angeles leg, they were in Henley this last weekend for the latest challenge. Some of the well known names taking part include Jessica Varnish (cycling), Jade Jones (taekwondo), Aimee Fuller (snowboarding – pictured above) and Perri Shakes-Drayton (athletics – pictured below). The documentary explores both the mental and physical preparations of top athletes and looks to see how they can work together as a team.
Double Olympic gold medallist and Mission Mudder participant, Jade Jones, commented: “I am looking forward to the mental and physical challenge but also to working with what promises to be such a great team. Mission Mudder is a really exciting project to be a part of and I can’t wait for UK fans to follow us on our journey on Sky Sports Mix.”
Physiolistic were asked to provide services to several of these athletes with them having taken on the gruelling 10 mile obstacle course. Angela Botha, Clinical Director at Physiolistic said,’ These are athletes who perform at the very top level of their discipline and our team were pleased to be able to make sure they were able to recover quickly and provide treatment and advice for their next challenge. (the Toughest Mudder in Leicester next week). We are looking forward to watching the programme later this year to see how they perform at the other events.”
The Henley Firefighter Crew (Jack Staines, Ian Birch, Harry Lacey, Nick Shuttleworth, Lauren Herrington, Paul Herrington and Adam Summers) completed the gruelling course too on Sunday. Their time was 3 hrs 14 mins. (12 mile course). Jack Staines said, “We have done Tough Mudder for the last couple of years. It’s good fun and it’s also good for keeping fitness levels up. The hardest obstacle was probably the distance and elevation of the run or the Everest obstacle which is a sheer wall that you run up and then team mates drag you up by your arms!”