Pendle team set to tackle Tough Mudder, world's most gruelling half marathon

Lancashire Telegraph: The team in training for the event The team in training for the event

A TEAM from Pendle will take on the elements this weekend as they tackle one of the world’s toughest obstacle courses.

Tough Mudder 2012 will see four staff and six members of Pendle Leisure Centre run through fire, swim in icy lakes and even be electrocuted as they overcome 28 obstacles during a gruelling half marathon.

The event, held in Cholmondeley Castle Gardens, Cheshire, is designed by the British Special Forces and raises money for soldiers’ charity Help For Heroes.

Gym instructor Andy Pickard said he had chosen some of his most successful clients to get involved in the challenge.

He said: “All those who have agreed to this very testing endurance challenge have changed their lifestyles and become healthy and active through the services we provide.

Throughout the last two months we have trained hard together as a team. We have some strong characters and a great team spirit which will spur us on when the going gets tough”

The team has been running through rivers, crawling through muddy fields and swimming in nearby open water – even taking a dip in Foulridge reservoir – in preparation for the endurance event.

Fellow instructors John Bannister, Danny Kelly and Sean Malkin will lead the team, which also includes keep-fit enthusiasts Helen Kalan, Tony Robinson, Wayne Hampshire, Kelly Mulligan, Amy Smith and Lee Nuttall.

But as their name suggests, Team Mud, Sweat and Beers are looking forward to celebrating once they cross the finishing line.

Mr Pickard, from Colne, added: “It’s just a fun event at then end of the day and for our members it’s probably the biggest thing they’ve ever done.”

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2:25pm Wed 14 Nov 12

DMcccc says...

They may be given an electric shock but if you are electrocuted you are dead! Poor journalism.
They may be given an electric shock but if you are electrocuted you are dead! Poor journalism. DMcccc

5:15pm Wed 14 Nov 12

ClaireLR says...

If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all. Did your momma never tell you? How about you give the team the credit they deserve as that is what it is all about.
If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all. Did your momma never tell you? How about you give the team the credit they deserve as that is what it is all about. ClaireLR

5:29pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Tony Robo says...

Thanks ClaireLR. for your comment
its not about "Poor journalism" like DMcccc says,its about the mental challenge ahead not just the physical side for us all.
Thanks ClaireLR. for your comment its not about "Poor journalism" like DMcccc says,its about the mental challenge ahead not just the physical side for us all. Tony Robo

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