Tough Mudders complete ultimate challenge for charity

A brave team from Sheffield Sports Medicine & Physiotherapy swam through a tank of ice cold water, scaled 12 foot high wooden walls and sprinted through a field of electric wires as part of a challenge to raise money for charity.
 
The group completed Tough Mudder 2013 - one of the world’s toughest physical endurance events – in support of a Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.
 
Specialist physiotherapist Michael Lee, podiatrist, Tommy Chan, sports massage therapist, Colin McCurdy, and operations manager, Joyce Lee, raised almost £500 for Weston Park by completing the 12 mile obstacle course around the Broughton Hall Estate, in Skipton.
 
Tough Mudder was designed by the Special Forces to test strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie.
 
Other challenges included Cage Crawl, a scramble across a 60 foot cage with just six inches of breathing room, Mud Mile – a mile of waist-deep sludge – and Funky Monkey, which sees competitors cross an icy pond using monkey bars greased with mud and butter.
 
Michael Lee, who has been nominated for the Personal Trainer of the Year award at the 2013 National Fitness Awards, said: “Tough Mudder was a huge test of our mental and physical strength. Only 78% of people actually complete the course so we’re really proud to have crossed the finish line in one piece!
 
“It was a great sense of achievement to overcome each obstacle, especially the Electroshock Therapy field with wires carrying 10,000 volts of electric shock!
 
“But, the most rewarding part and the thing that spurred us on the most during the 12 miles was that we were doing the challenge for such a fantastic charity and raising money for vital cancer research.”
 
Earlier this year, Michael and Joyce Lee raised £800 for Weston Park by running the Paris Marathon.
 
The money raised at Tough Mudder will help Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, which needs to raise £1.5 million this year in order to fund pioneering cancer research and to help improve the treatments and care for people living with cancer.
 
Weston Park Hospital is one of only four dedicated cancer hospitals in England and serves a population of nearly 1.8million people from all across South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire.