Electrifying time had by all in sticky mud

Gruelling two hours and 50min

Last updated 15:50 30/04/2014
Alistair King
Wanaka Chamber of Commerce chairman Alistair King.

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It was muddy, it was cold and it was literally shocking for the Gigatown Wanaka Tough Mudder team as they competed in the first event Tough Mudder challenge in Auckland on Saturday.

The event, designed by British Special Forces, involved an 18.5km course of extreme mud-filled obstacles.

The team, consisting of Alistair King, Arna Craig, Toby Donnelly, Gordon Paul and Alice Townsend, joined 3000 other Tough Mudder participants from across New Zealand to test there physical and mental strength.

Craig said "jumping into an oversized ice bath is one challenge but having to dive under a semi submerged wall to reach the other side had everyone feeling uneasy."

However, the "electric eel", was the low point of the course and 4km from the obstacle the team could hear the "wails and screaming" from other participants.

It involved a 25m mud crawl under 10,000 volt live wires which hit contestants mostly on their backs.

However, Donnelly had been unfortunate enough to get a shock on his forehead.

"With a focus on team work and camaraderie, this event is designed to drain every ounce of your energy while pitting you against obstacles unachievable on your own," Craig said.

After a gruelling two hours and 50 minutes and a second shock-therapy obstacle the team crossed the finish line.

"There were high fives, a little emotion, token headbands, free t-shirts and beer, but most importantly a momentous wave of elation and gratification that we had just completed what is billed as the world's toughest mud run with a bunch of mates from #gigatownwanaka - and we survived," Craig said.

Plans to take part in the challenge next year were being organised, she said.


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