Tuesday 6 May 2014

It's muddy tough out there

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Rob Tomback, trainee solicitor with Charles Russell LLP, took on a challenge billed 'As probably the toughest event on the planet' as he braved the Tough Mudder course in Fawley, Hampshire at the end of April 2014.

On Sunday 27 April, I took on Tough Mudder, a gruelling 20km assault course set up by Special Forces. As the name suggests, it was very muddy and incredibly tough, running through fire, ice, electric shocks, barbed wire, high walls and lots and lots of mud and dirt.Charles Russell Tough Mudder Rob Tomback trainee solicitor in mud tunnel 140427

With 25 obstacles along the route with names like Boa Constrictor – a crawl through dark tunnels, Death March – a steep climb up a 60 degree slope, and Fire Walker – just a short run through some flaming bales of hay, you’d think I might have had some idea what I was letting myself in for, but I couldn’t have banked on the weather turning against me as well. It was cloudy at best and hammering with rain at the worst points – but hey, at least it washed some of the mud off.

Everyone was really pumped at the start and the atmosphere was electrifying, not to mention the part where I actually did have to crawl through 10,000 volt live electric wires – and spent the next four and a half hours pounding my way around the 12-mile course. This was the reason why I trained through the wettest winter on record, getting blisters on top of blisters and making 5am an acceptable time to wake up.

Charles Russell Tough Mudder Rob Tomback trainee solicitor 140427It was a huge mental as well as physical challenge, with the ice baths and constant soakings leading to muscle cramps. The camaraderie around the whole course was incredible and I was delighted to make it through the mud and obstacles in one piece. Although it was hard, it was really good fun – and of course for me, there was an end in sight.

The same can’t always be said for those who find themselves living out on the streets, in the cold and rain and mud, struggling against the obstacles that life presents. Like where to find food, or what to do with their time, when hours stretch ahead and they have nowhere to go and no work in sight.

I ran for Emmaus because I wanted to raise much needed funds for the integral work that the charity does. Emmaus works towards really making a difference for those who find themselves homeless, offering not just a bed for the night, but long- term support and care.

I’m really pleased to say I have already beaten my fundraising target of £700, with donations of £1245, but you can still give on my justgiving page if you’d like to, or perhaps you might want to give Tough Mudder a go? I can wholeheartedly recommend it, just make sure you’re ready to get cold, wet and very, very dirty!

 

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