Everyone will know someone that has completed a ‘Tough Mudder’ race, but do you know someone who’s completed more than 10?
A Tough Mudder is an OCR (Obstacle Course Race) ranging between 10-12 miles in distance. There are roughly 25 obstacles per race that are designed to test you both mentally and physically. They vary from sliding into a pool of freezing cold icy water, to getting electrocuted with 50,000 Volts whilst being covered head to toe in mud.
So what makes a Tough Mudder so special? They are team-orientated with no winners, just camaraderie and fun. Scott Mearns, SES’ Instrument Technician, has now completed 11 Tough Mudder races across Great Britain, with no plans to stop.
So far he has raised an incredible £840 for Cancer Research UK. ”I decided to do this for Cancer Research UK because my Uncle and Grandmother were both diagnosed with cancer last year,” says Scott. “Knowing that I enjoyed Tough Mudder previously, I decided to do it for something bigger than just myself. I have enjoyed every minute of it, and I’m glad it was always for a higher purpose. Sadly my Uncle lost his battle to cancer in June just a week or so before the Scotland event.”
When you complete your first course you automatically become part of the Tough Mudder community. ”Not all the best moments happen on the course. Most of the special moments happen in the village or the campsite,” explains Scott. “The most amazing part for me are the friends I have made. I turned up to my first event solo and I was taken in and made to feel like a part of their team, a part of their muddy family. It’s amazing the people you meet and the friends you make at these things.”
100 miles of Tough Mudder races is no easy feat when balancing it with a full time job. ”Sometime I have really long drives ahead of me to get to different events,” says Scott. “SES’ management went out of their way to let me be flexible with my hours so I could leave just that little bit earlier. When you are driving for eight hours getting away that bit earlier really makes the difference, and for that I would like to thank Roy Moore (Instrumentation Team Lead) and Ronnie Crawford (Operations Manager).”
If you would like to help Scott raise money for Cancer Research UK, you can donate through his Just Giving page found below.