Tough Mudder in Photos

Done!I DID IT!!!

Incredibly, I managed to complete the entire 11.5 mile course on Saturday, completing every obstacle (apart form the Funky Monkey bars, that apparently 60% of people fail!) What’s more incredible is that of those 11.5 miles I ran at least 10 of them!!! (The furthest I’ve EVER run before is 6 miles!) Though, I did run SLOOOOOOWLY at points 🙂

In truth, however, I only completed the course because of the support and encouragement of the guys with me. James Richards, Nathan Davies and Andrew Gwyn were solid friends and invaluable getting me to the finish line. Of the 20 obstacles there were 3 that I physically couldn’t have completed were it not for the boys dragging, pushing and pulling me over. I’m going to post more about that in a few days.

For now, I am glad to rest my smashed up ankles, reflect on one of the most exhilarating and inspiring days of my life and celebrate the grace of God in helping me to raise over £1,200 for Open Doors.

Here’s some of the photos of the day courtesy of my good friend Mr Caleb Jones:

Lining up at the start, Dai Hankey (running for Open Doors) alongside Nathan Davies, Andrew Gwyn and James Richards (running for CAP Torfaen)
Lining up at the start, Dai Hankey (running for Open Doors) alongside Nathan Davies, Andrew Gwyn and James Richards (running for CAP Torfaen)
Banter at the starting line.
Banter at the starting line.
10 metres in and Hankey takes the lead...(for the only time in the whole race!)
10 metres in and Hankey takes the lead…(for the only time in the whole race!)
2 miles in - kissing mud.
2 miles in – kissing mud.
There was A LOT of running involved. This was about 3 miles in and I was already starting to feel it a bit.
There was A LOT of running involved. This was about 3 miles in and I was already starting to feel it a bit.
4 miles in and we had to climb into the Arctic Enema - a container full of ice-cold water - duck dive under a barrier of tyres - then climb out the other end. Trust me it was COLD!
4 miles in and we had to climb into the ‘Arctic Enema’ – a container full of ice-cold water – duck dive under a barrier of tyres – then climb out the other end. Trust me it was COLD!
About 6 miles in we had to do the Pyramid Scheme, which essentially involved making a human ladder and clambering up each other to the summit.
About 6 miles in was the ‘Pyramid Scheme’ which essentially involved making a human ladder and clambering up each other to the summit.
This obstacle was called 'Balls to the Wall' and by this stage I was very wet and starting to get very tired. Those ropes were VERY muddy and slippery!
This obstacle was called ‘Balls to the Wall’ and by this stage I was very wet and starting to get very tired. Those ropes were VERY muddy and slippery!
Really wasn't fun when my leg started to cramp in one of the 'Sewer Rat' tunnels!
Really wasn’t fun when my leg started to cramp in one of the ‘Sewer Rat’ tunnels!
The 'Everest' obstacle was 11 miles into the course by which point I literally had NOTHING left. I threw myself at the ramp and James caught me one handed and held my entire 14st bulk until the other boys grabbed me and literally man-handled me over the top! My brothers were IMMENSE on Saturday and I physically couldn't have done this one without them!
The ‘Everest’ obstacle was 11 miles into the course by which point I literally had NOTHING left. I threw myself at the ramp and James caught me one handed and held my entire 14st bulk until the other boys grabbed me and literally man-handled me over the top! My brothers were IMMENSE on Saturday and I physically couldn’t have done this one without them!
After 11.5 miles all that lay between me and the finish line was the 'Electric Shock Therapy'. The first 10,000 volt shock caught me on my calf as I jumped a bale and it literally threw me onto my face and made me feel sick! I got up and had to take several more shocks before finally crossing the line!
After 11.5 miles all that lay between me and the finish line was the ‘Electric Shock Therapy’. The first 10,000 volt shock caught me on my calf as I jumped a bale and it literally threw me onto my face and made me feel sick! I got up and took several more shocks before finally crossing the line!
But we all made it through and crossed the finish line together!
But we all made it through and crossed the finish line together!
And they kindly gave me an orange sweat band for my troubles!
And they kindly gave me an orange sweat band for my troubles!
The Boots came off and that was it - SPARKO!
The Boots came off and that was it – SPARKO!
Tough Mudder 2014. Been there. Done that. Got the T-Shirt! Such respect for these lads!
Tough Mudder 2014. Been there. Done that. Got the T-Shirt! Such respect for these lads!
My arthritic left ankle is really suffering now though!
My arthritic left ankle is really suffering now though!
It was exhausting. It was exhilarating, but ultimately it was all about this: Raising awareness and raising support for my persecuted brothers and sisters. God bless you Open Doors!
It was exhausting. It was exhilarating, but ultimately it was all about this:
Raising awareness and raising support for my persecuted brothers and sisters. God bless you Open Doors!

 

 

2 thoughts on “Tough Mudder in Photos

  1. well done you guys from one extreme sports guy to another – respect! Don’t let them say that all Christians are wussies!

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