I’m running World’s Toughest Mudder to further raise money for Help for Heroes. I prepare for the event by pretty much training all year, to get ready for it I run multiple laps at Tough Mudder events throughout the year in the UK. I also do a lot of mileage, a lot of hill running, a lot of strength and conditioning. I could be quite biased because I’ve only done the World’s Toughest, but from what I’ve seen with all the other events I don’t think there is any other experience like this out there. It generally is the hardest thing I’ve ever done and it will continue to be the hardest thing I’ve ever done, no matter how hard I train or prepare for it because the course always changes and you always end up pushing yourself that little bit further to get more miles or climb up the placing ladder.
Probably the hardest part of the event is running at night, putting your wetsuit on, putting your head torch on, going into freezing cold water and continuing to run throughout the evening, knowing that you’re not stopping until the sun comes up. And then when the sun comes up you’ve probably got another three, four, maybe five hours to keep going until you can actually finish. I would very much like to place in the top 10 this year, I think I owe it to myself to get that result. But then, it’s all very well and good me saying that, but the competition is always fierce, there’s a lot of people that have never competed before but are professional athletes or phenomenal endurance athletes. So I’ll just have to wait and see how I do, I know that I’m not going to stop, I know that I’m going to give it my best and whatever the result is at the end of the day i’ll be happy with that.
(Mark ended up running 85 miles, meaning he finished 1st out of the UK competitors (and 12th overall) and ran further than any UK entrant in the history of the event)