The first UK Tough Mudder ‘London West’ event kicked off this weekend (Sat 26th & Sun 27th April) at Culden Faw in Henley-On-Thames, giving ‘Mudders’ a truly beautiful and picturesque surrounding to get down and dirty!
What is Tough Mudder?
Couple on piggy back
A couple work together to battle through the mud alongside 17,500 participants at Tough Mudder’s London West event in Henley on Thames that took place this weekend.
Tough Mudder events are hard-core 10-12 mile-long obstacle courses designed by the Special Forces to test all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. With the most innovative courses and inspiring over a million participants worldwide to date, Tough Mudder is the premier adventure challenge series in the world. It is not a race, but a challenge and in 2014 Tough Mudder will host more than 60 events in countries worldwide.
Arctic Enema / Ginger Grouse
A group of Tough Mudder finalists enjoy a well-deserved drink after completing the London West event this weekend in Henley on Thames. ‘Probably the toughest event in the world’ is a challenge not a race with teamwork and camaraderie being the focus.
New for 2014 – Apart from new obstacles the introduction of ‘Mudder Fest’ (release attached), exclusive to the UK and Germany events, turned what has traditionally been two separate event days into a weekend extravaganza. This included camping with exclusive access to the base area for campers and an official ‘Apres Mud’ party on Saturday night with DJs, dancing, drinks and the chance to bond with fellow Mudders.
London West 2014 event facts/stats
• 17,500 participants
• More than 6,000 spectators
• Approx £100k raised (to date) for Help For Heroes as well as other charities
• Over 500 volunteers helped out over the weekend
• More than 3,500 ‘Mudder Legionnaires’ (those who complete two or more events) earning their respective coloured headbands
• 30 people completing their tenth or more Tough Mudder
Teamwork is key – spectators watch as participants attempt scale Tough Mudder’s Everest obstacle and catch a helping hand at the top. The 10-12 mile long obstacle course saw 17,500 participants take part with 6,000 spectators on hand watching those complete gruelling challenges along the way.
Tough Mudder Key Stats
• 1.3m Tough Mudder participants since 2010
• Seven countries
• 100+ events to date
• 60+ events in 2014
• 800k participants expected in 2014
• 4,000+ participants have TM tattoos
There are seven more gruelling Tough Mudder events taking place up and down the UK this year so do get in touch if you like to attend or take part for your publication/outlet.
Yellow head band
A Mudder Legionnaire, a participant who has completed several Tough Mudder events, finds the energy to climb over a wall. Tough Mudder’s first UK event of 2014 took place this weekend with over 17,500 participants taking part and 6,000 spectators on hand to cheer them on.
Tough Mudder UK Events 2014
Scotland – 14 & 15 June 2014
Midlands – 12 & 13 July 2014
Yorkshire – 2 & 3 August 2014
South West – 16 & 17 August 2014
North West – 13 & 14 September 2014
Dublin – 4 & 5 October 2014
London South – 25 & 26 October 2014
For more information on Tough Mudder, please visit this website toughmudder.co.uk