Nine brave members of Fraser Brown completed the 2017 Tough Mudder Midlands challenge in aid of charity.
Raising funds for the John van Geest Cancer Research Centre, Fraser Brown Solicitors entered a nine-man team for the 12-mile cross country mud-run ‘Tough Mudder’ held on 20th May 2017 at the Belvoir Castle Estate, Leicestershire.
The team, which included managing partner Patrick Wood, overcame gruelling hurdles, electrically charged obstacles and over 12 miles of thick mud to complete the course. The event, which focuses on team effort, was sprawled across the 16,000 acres of Belvoir Castle and posed a serious physical and mental challenge which was bolstered by a downpour of rain and hail.
Marcus-Adam Tuck, a corporate solicitor at Fraser Brown and three-time ‘Tough Mudder’ participant, gave his top five tips for those aspiring to take on the challenge:
1. Prior preparation
Not everyone will be at their peak physical ability but fear not, the course is not designed to see how quickly you can run or how high of a wall you can climb. It is simply about facing the challenge to the best of your ability with your team and fellow participants. You do not have to be a marathon runner or a regular gym-goer to take part. If you undertake some prior conditioning, which contains a mix of cardio based exercise and strength training, this at the very least should give you the confidence you need to step up to the start line.
2. What’s in the bag?
Quite simply, bring lots of spare clean and warm layers on the day. Some team members carried endurance carbohydrate based energy gels, which were very welcome at the 8-mile stage. There are plenty of hydration stations along the way but don’t forget to drink water before, during and after the race. A couple of sacrificial towels do not go a miss either given how truly muddy you are after the event.
3. On the day
If there was one piece of advice I could give, it would be to have a good breakfast. Your body will be craving energy during the event so do not put yourself at a disadvantage and skip the most important meal of the day. Depending on your run time, you may also want to consume some form of combined protein and carbohydrate based shake an hour before you start to ‘top-up’ your calorie intake and energy levels.
Hit the showers! There are make-shift showers at Tough Mudder, which some people do miss, I would suggest braving the cold water, scrubbing off the mud and getting changed as quickly as possible. You may find that some light stretching could do wonders, although many people head for the beer tent instead.
5. Be a Tough Mudder
It is very easy to say no to a challenge but if you like the idea of team work, rolling around in mud and enjoying belly-aching laughter with friends and colleagues, get involved! It not only provides a great medium to raise funds for your nominated charity but it also gives you a phenomenal sense of achievement when you cross that finishing line.
The Fraser Brown ‘Just Giving’ page will remain live for a short while and we would welcome any further donations, just click here.
Fraser Brown wishes to take this opportunity to thank our event supporter PlayerLayer for providing the team with the technical running shirts.
The 2017 challenge came shortly after a team of 18 from Fraser Brown completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge last September. The 12 hour, 24-mile walk saw Fraser Brown raise over £7,000 for charity.