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Endurance game for muddy marvels at Broughton Hall estate
Running through 12 miles of heavy wet mud, plunging into ice-cold water and braving 10,000 volts of electricity doesn’t sound like the best way to spend a weekend in rural Craven – but 13,000 hardy souls not only volunteered for such torture, but also paid for the privillege as well.
Broughton Hall Estate hosted a Tough Mudder event on Saturday and Sunday, a military style obstacle course dubbed “probably the toughest event on the planet”.
The Tough Mudder crew spent four weeks creating a muddy haven, including 19 treacherous obstacles.
With the mixed weather conditions adding to the tonnes of tough mud, Mudders – donning a variety of outfits including leopard print leotards and superhero costumes – negotiated muddy trenches, waist-high lakes, ice-cold water and claustrophobic tunnels. And if that wasn't enough, Mudders were presented with 10,000 volts of 'Electroshock Therapy' before crossing the finishing line and earning their pint and coveted orange Tough Mudder headband.
Tough Mudder history was also made as Nikki Emerson became the first person to complete a Tough Mudder course in a wheelchair in Europe.
Nikki, from Bucking-hamshire, was told she’d never walk again and had to adapt to life in a wheelchair following a near-fatal car accident in 2008.
While in hospital Nikki was inspired by the Beijing Paralympics, she came fourth in the 2010 London Marathon and won four medals at the 2010 U23 World Track Championships.
Along with a team of friends, she took on the hilly course in a specially modified chair, conquering the infamous obstacles with the grit and determination that Mudders have become known for.
European marketing director of Tough Mudder John Fidoe said: “'It was a great weekend with the Mudders showing their usual fantastic spirit over a tough Yorkshire course. We're delighted to have played a part in Tough Mudder history with Nikki's amazing achievement becoming the first person in Europe to complete Tough Mudder in a wheelchair.
“Team work and challenging yourself is what the event is all about and Nikki and her team have shown today that anything is possible.'”
It is not too late for people to register for the final two UK 2013 events, along with pre-registration for 2014. Visit the website toughmudder.co.uk/events/
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