Mud­der draws thou­sands

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Copley Need A Tradie? -

ABOUT 15,000 peo­ple crawled, jumped and slid their way through what is ar­guably the world’s tough­est ad­ven­ture chal­lenge at the week­end.

Held at Chal­lis Farm in Co­p­ley, Tough Mud­der fea­tures a 20km en­durance course de­signed by Bri­tish Spe­cial Forces to test strength, men­tal grit, stamina and ca­ma­raderie.

With about 25 nat­u­ral and man-made ob­sta­cles in­clud­ing mud pits and elec­troshock wires, it takes the av­er­age per­son about four hours to com­plete the course.

Tough Mud­der Aus­tralian am­bas­sador and for­mer army man Lee Camp­bell said the course was about over­com­ing fears while hav­ing fun.

“At Tough Mud­der we want ev­ery­one to leave with a great ex­pe­ri­ence and a great sense of ful­fil­ment, hav­ing achieved and over­come some of the fears that nor­mally you don’t face in day-to-day train­ing or life,” he said.

“So whether that’s jumping off some heights and get­ting used to those sorts of things – any lit­tle piece of en­joy­ment you can take away and get­ting in­volved with your mates and friends and just hav­ing a real good go.”

A team of four have been se­lected to take on the World’s Tough­est Mud­der in Las Ve­gas in Novem­ber after a gru­elling 25-hour chal­lenge.

Dar­ren Clarke, Deanna Blegg, Lach­lan Dan­sie, Mick Cross­ley and re­serve Luke Atkins make up the Un­der Ar­mour’s Team Aus­tralia.

Mel­bur­nian Ms Blegg, who was in Perth to trial the course, said she had a run­ning back­ground and was ex­cited to be the only woman to make the team.

“We’re go­ing for gold; we want to be the first team across and I think we all have that goal, so I think it will be great,” she said.

“I’m not sure what they have in store for us; we only have an idea of the itin­er­ary.”

Pic­tures: Marcelo Pala­cios

Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group re­porter Natalie Naz­zari, re­serve Luke Atkins and sport am­bas­sador Lee Camp­bell were among those who took on the Tough Mud­der course.

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