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I survived!

I survived!


the obsticles, what they are and which I am dreading

ok… so here is the map:¬†http://toughmudder.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/uk/2013/08/Yorkshire-Spectator-Course-Map.pdf



the obsticles are: Glory Blades, artic enema, dirty ballerina, boa constrictor, hero carry, electric eel, hero walls, island hopping, cage crawl, trench warfare, hold your wood, kiss of mud, underwater tunnels, walk the plank, mud mile, funky monkey, everest, and electroshock therapy…


Glory Blades: basically an 8 foot high wall

Boa Constrictor: crawling through a pipe

Artic Enema: Swimming through ice water

Dirty Ballerina: jummping over 4 foot mud pits

Hero Carry: Carrying your team mate

Electric Eel: dragging self along ice under electrified wires

Hero Walls: Not a clue! It’s not on the website ūüėģ

Island Hopping: Jumping from wooden island to wodden island over water

Cage Crawl: Not a clue

Trench Warfare: Crawl through dark muddy trenches

Hold your Wood: Run while carrying a small tree! (Ok a log but they look like small trees lol)

Kiss of Mud: Crawl in the mud under barbed wire

Underwater tunnels: sort of what it says, swim through a tunnel underwater

Walk the Plank: 15foot jump into water

Mud Mile: a mile of waist deep mud

Funky Monkey: monkey bars at an incline over water

Everest: a quarter pipe the run up

Electroshock Therapy: run through a field of hannin live wires



so… ye… now in order of how much I am dreading them starting with the ones I think look easy/fun:


1. Trench Warfare

2. Boa Constrictor

3. Kiss of mud

4. Electric eel

5. Mud Mile

6. .Electroshock therapy

7.Dirty Ballerina

8. Hero carry

9. Carry your wood

10. Glory blades

11.  Artic Enema

12.  Island Hopping

13.  Mud mile

14. underwater tunnels

15. Funky Monkey

16.  Walk the plank



as you can see I dislike the water and monkey bar based ones lol.




Also my justgiving page is open till the end of Sep, so please sponsor me if you can –¬†https://www.justgiving.com/mudding-for-shelter

2 days

yep, it is now very close… now very much regretting not having done more training lol, though my new job is giving me some degree of training as I am spending half my time moving heavy things around, and I cycle to and from it which has got to be helping fittness.¬†


the preview photos are on facebook here  if anyone is interested in seeing it. 


anyway, 2 days. Feels very real now lol

getting close now

not long now to go…


feeling fairly confident, as I said before the event WILL be completed it’s just how long that will take which is the issue lol. I am still worried about the obsticles that involve arm strength, but I have FINALLY gone swimming and discovered that I can at least float so no drowning for me lol. A few weeks left to see if I can improve that a little so I won’t need dragging through the water ones though



as ever please sponcer me if you can, not many people have done as yet and I would really like something to go to Shelter after all this

why support shelter

Shelter isn’t just a homeless charity‚ÄĒit helps over a million people a year struggling with bad housing and homelessness, and campaigns to prevent it in the first place. Along with support people through other crises such are financial issues and family problems.

They also have a free advice line, helping people through some of the toughest circumstances so that no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.

I have had personal dealings with Shelter too, on 3 occasions they have helped to prevent me from becoming homeless by advising me and acting as an advocate, and and 2 others they have helped to find me a place to live. Without them I am not sure where I would be now, and this can be said for many others, most of whom having had worse experiences

to illustrate how much Shelter is needed here are some statistics:

  • According to the English Housing Survey in 2011 there were 3349 homes¬†which failed to meet minimum standards (HHSRS is a system based on¬†assessments of the risks to potential tenants)
  • In England, more than one million children live in overcrowded conditions (DCLG English Housing Survey)
  • Black and minority ethnic (BME) groups are around 6 times as likely as white households to be overcrowded. BME households account for more than 40% of overcrowded households. (DCLG English Housing Survey)
  • 3 million people in the UK are driven into¬†poverty¬†because of the high relative cost of their housing (National Statistics (2013) Households Below Average Income: an analysis of the income distribution 1994/5-2011/12, DWP)
  • 48% of¬†children¬†in poverty live in homeowner¬†households (National Statistics (2013) Households Below Average Income: an analysis of the income distribution 1994/5-2011/12, DWP)
  • Children living in bad housing are almost twice as likely to suffer from poor health as other children.¬†(Shelter (2006), Against the Odds)
  • There is a direct link between childhood tuberculosis and overcrowding.¬†(ODPM (2004) The impact of overcrowding on health and education: a review of the evidence and literature.)
  • Mothers living in bad housing are almost three times as likely as other mothers to be clinically depressed.¬†(Shelter (2006), Against the Odds)
  • Children living in bad housing are nearly twice as likely as other children to leave school without any GCSEs.¬†(Shelter (2006), Against the Odds)
  • Homeless children are two to three times more likely to be absent from school than other children due to the disruption caused by moving into and between temporary accommodation.¬†(Vostanis P, Grattan E, Cumella S, Winchester C (1997) Psychosocial functioning of homeless children Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 36 (7), 881-889; Vostanis P and Cumella S (1999) Homeless children: problems and needs)
  • In England, more than 55,000 homeless¬†households¬†were living in temporary accommodation at the end of March 2013 (DCLG Homelessness Statistics)
  • In 2012 there were an estimated 6437 people sleeping on the streets in London (Combined Homelessness and Information Network)

please if you can sponsor my Tough Mudder trial in order to support Shelter in all there work –¬†http://www.justgiving.com/mudding-for-shelter

if only we could cycle rather than run…

realised today that if this was a cycling event we would be fine! Would do it no problem as did 15 miles today no problem, despite my lack of breaks (they decided to stop working this morning so I have to repair them tonight). Really need to get back onto this running thing… cycling is all well and good but totally different muscles to running so not really helping as much as you’d expect.


AND I REALLY NEED TO GO SWIMMING! The water based obstacles are starting to worry me a little… need to get to a pool soon I thinks, good exercise anyway

I may have gotten slightly wet lol

so.. today it is raining… and my running partner is ill, so I thought “meh, I’ll go for a short run anyway”



well… I may have gotten a little wet…




still… going to have the get used to the wet and mud anyway ūüėõ