TOUGH GUY The Original 2017

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It seems that entering challenges without notice might become a thing. Maybe I stitched myself up with one my latest posts about saying yes to opportunity and tempted fate on this one???

For the past 2 years I have headed to the annual Winter Tough Guy, The Original Obstacle Race in Wolverhampton to marshal on the course. Each year, despite loving my role, they’d be a small part of me wishing I was running the race. I wanted to feel the exhaustion of the course, debilitating pain of the cold and experience those horrible water tunnels! Could they really be as bad as everyone had told me?

The morning of the race, Mr Mouse’s son persuaded me to swap my marshalling bib for a Font Squad bib and run in the final Winter Tough Guy. Sadly 2017 would be their final event after 30 years of success.
Sugarlumps! How could I say no to that??

With only a pair of yoga leggings, thermal hiking top, a ‘stolen’ Tough Guy t-shirt, a borrowed pair of oversized neoprene gloves, trainers that were too small for me, a thin buff to keep my head warm (questionable) and a body full of nerves and adrenaline, I was as prepared as 3 hours would allow me.

For those that are unfamiliar with Tough Guy, check it out on You Tube. The original obstacle course which began in 1987 is notorious for being one of the toughest obstacle races in Europe with 20-25% of entrants not finishing it’s gruelling course.

Standing in the starting pack with 5,000 other people, I was extremely nervous as I hadn’t run properly in 1.5 years due to my rowing training and was worried I may not finish due to my unprepared clothing choices and the cold. Usually for an event like this I’d wear a full neoprene outfit, so this was winging it to the max even by my standards! I was ready to step outside my comfort zone.

I am a firm believer that a positive mindset can get me through tough events and circumstances. And I hoped in this case it would also keep warm.

The mud, the trenches, the obstacles and the cold really made Tough Guy live up to it’s name. The course was relentless and brutal. It was the toughest event of my life and I LOVED IT!!!

I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to run the very last Tough Guy and proving that although it’s great to plan and prepare, the body and mind can do so much more than we first think.


Here’s a short video of my experience. I didn’t get any footage at the end of the event as I was too busy being cold. It turns out, I may have needed a little more mindset and neoprene to remember I was making a video 😂