Team will battle fire, ice and electrics in charity challenge
Fitness fanatics are preparing for a gruelling agility course littered with live electric wires and open fires.
Final year advertising student, Craig Ellard is joining six friends to take up the 12 mile challenge which will push them to their limits in hope of raising at least £1,000 for a prostate cancer charity.
The former Kenilworth School pupil and his team will complete the Tough Mudder competition on May 5.
The gruelling feat is designed by the special forces to test all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie to the extreme.
And it will see the team tackle a the 12 mile obstacle course which will send them running through fire, electric wiring, ice baths and 20ft high monkey bars to make it to the finish line.
Craig explained they wanted to do it as something different but that none of them have ever taken on such a challenge. “It’s scaring me just thinking about it, we are nearly killing ourselves but we thought rather than the usual fun run we would something worth giving money for ,” he said.
But with an ex marine, a long distance runner and keen footballers in the group, they are confident they can make it to the end in good time.
Craig will be joined by Daniel Cosnett, Ross (Savage) McGroarty, Sean Maitland, Thomas Denney, Lewis Gearing and Craig Almond.
The friends, who all go to Coventry University and train at the same gym will travel to Northampton for the hardcore assault course. But other than running and keeping up their fitness they are struggling to train for the unusual and specialist obstacles which they will face on the day.
“We will be running through things on fire, doing a mile through knee high mud and getting across a field with electric wires hanging down, so we are guaranteed to get electrocuted, we just need to make sure it happens as little as possible,” said Craig.
“We are confident, we can do it, and it is for a really worthwhile charity that we want to make more people aware of so we hope to get some support.”
The testing run also includes tackling ice water is described as one of the toughest challenges across the country.
The team are not competing for the best time but must all finish together in one piece.
They have already run a 10k kilometre race in preparation and make sure to get out and put themselves through their paces and improve their fitness whenever they can.
Prostate cancer affects over 250,000 men across the UK and Craig said it is important to raise awareness for the disease which many know nothing about.
“As most of the competitors on the day will be men it seemed a good time to help make people more aware,” he said. “We want to raise at least a thousand pounds but obviously any more would be absolutely great.”
To sponsor Craig and the team visit www.justgiving.com/covmudders2013 and donate to the cancer charity.
Visit toughmudder.co.uk for more about the event.
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