It was with great excitement in the Lent term that a cohort of sixth formers volunteered to take part in a Tough Mudder (a 13 mile extreme obstacle course), relishing the challenge to come. Vows of returning to school after the Easter holidays fitter and stronger than at the start were made, however most were not kept.
Mr May set about taking for a couple of practice runs the week before the event as a bit of last minute preparation. Fortunately on arriving at the Tough Mudder itself, our band of sixth formers, EJP, GHSM and his wife Emi-Lou looked rather more trim than some of the other participants. With this comforting thought in mind and a lot of “hoorah-ing” we embarked on our epic journey of discomfort and inconvenience. The course itself was set across some really rather undulating country making the running not hugely enjoyable. Littered around the course were the infamous obstacles varying from vamped up monkey bars, vats of ice-filled water, wire (both of the barbed and electric variety), not to mention a 100m stretch of waist-high mud.
It goes without saying that it was a challenging way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon, but it was incredibly worthwhile not only because it was great fun, but we also managed to raise £3500 for the Charlie Waller Memorial Fund and Sprint Fund in the process as well as an additional sum of just under £1000 for Radley’s partner school in Tanzania, Gehandu.
Report by Harry Campion, H Social, 6.1