Ridley takes on the Tough Mudder
When ordinand Claire Todd took on the infamous "Tough Mudder Challenge" she learnt about true teamwork, and even as she discovered her personal limitations of emotional and physical endurance she discovered they were well beyond her perceived limits.
Claire looks back on a challenge to remember:
It started off with Danny Driver, Senior Student, harassing me for about six months to sign up for this and I finally agreed on the condition that he danced two dances at the Ceilidh last October, which he said he wouldn’t do – and then did...
He put together a training programme for me, and I joined a gym. I can’t claim to have done as much training as I should have due to time constraints, and sometimes it was a real effort. Day 1 of training I came off my bike head first, and sustained several injuries, and I also had to battle with shin splints and runner’s knee at times, but on the whole it was a good motivator and helped with stress levels whilst studying, as well as getting fitter as ordination day draws near.
Unfortunately a few people who originally were going to do it too had to drop out for various reasons, Danny included due to an ankle injury whilst playing football against Oak Hill. This left Adam Hancock (spice, aged 26), Aaron Carr (son of spouse, aged 20) and myself (aged 50 - just!).
I’ve never been a natural runner, and struggle with coordination and spatial awareness due to dyspraxia, so this was a real challenge in many ways. Adam and Aaron demonstrated what team membership is in action. They never left me and we encouraged and supported each other (mostly them supporting and encouraging me) around the 20K course, much of which was up hill on an angle. Adam also encouraged and helped countless other people to complete the obstacles.
Adam and Aaron demonstrated what team membership is in action. They never left me.
I only completed 14/20 obstacles, including being dropped into a vat of iced water & having to swim under a barrier then pull myself up on a rope net to get out; plus simultaneously running through mud, over hay bales and through 10 thousand volts of electrically charged ropes; crawl through mud under barbed wire, to name but 3 of these. I tried a further two which I didn’t succeed with and missed 4 out.
These obstacles take no account of gender, size or age.
But I made it to the finish line! It took us about 5 ½ hours. I hate being cold, I hate being wet, and I hate feeling dirty and having mud up my nails. It taught me a lot about endurance and perseverance, finding out how far I can push my body and just what I’m capable of mentally and emotionally, as well as realising my limits. I dedicate this challenge to Danny, who as well as being totally Christ-centred is both inspirational and motivational.