Tough Mudder challenge in aid of local charities

The Tough Mudder team - Back Row (l-r): Andy Macleod, Richard 'Rick' Macleod, and Callum Murray. Front Row (l-r): Ally Williamson, Donald 'Spike' Smith and Thomas Tyrell. Missing from photo are: Stuart 'Tyson' Campbell, James Coggs and Greig Rorie.
The Tough Mudder team - Back Row (l-r): Andy Macleod, Richard 'Rick' Macleod, and Callum Murray. Front Row (l-r): Ally Williamson, Donald 'Spike' Smith and Thomas Tyrell. Missing from photo are: Stuart 'Tyson' Campbell, James Coggs and Greig Rorie.
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TO GET through mud, fire, ice-water and 10,000 volts of electricity, you need to know you’ve got a good bunch of team-mates who’ll pick you up, dust you down and get you back on track.

And that’s just what nine young island men are counting on this weekend when they get set to complete the ‘Tough Mudder’ obstacle course to raise funds for the Lewis based charity The Leanne Fund.

Andy Macleod (Bravas), Richard ‘Rick’ Macleod (Stornoway), Callum Murray (Bragar), Ally Williamson (Bragar), Donald ‘Spike’ Smith (Newmarket), Thomas Tyrell (Tong), Stuart ‘Tyson’ Campbell (Skye/Stornoway), James Coggs (Inverness/Borve) and Greig Rorie (Shetland) will travel to Dumfries tomorrow to take on the Tough Mudder on Saturday, July 14th.

“We came across the Tough Mudder back in January and all thought it would be a good idea to enter a team,” said Andrew. “And if we did it we wanted to do it for a local charity so The Leanne Fund is the perfect choice.”

The Leanne Fund was established 2009 by Point residents Chrisetta and Willie Mitchell following the death of their daughter Leanne who suffered from Cystic Fibrosis.

The Leanne Fund works under Leanne’s motto – ‘Because life is for living’ – and awards grants to fund special treats for CF patients up to 25 years old living in the Highlands and Islands.

Ensuring they’re at their best to raise as much money as possible for the charity, the Tough Mudder team have been busy training for the 11 mile obstacle course.

With the course designed by Special Forces to test all round strength, stamina, determination and camaraderie, the boys have certainly upped their game to complete the challenge.

“We’ve been in training since February,” Andy continued. “It’s hard to train specifically for the Tough Mudder as the course is going to test everything we’ve got, but we’ve been cycling, running, swimming and kayaking – generally getting our all round fitness up.

“We’ve also done a training run up Ben Bragar and have been running round the new Heb cycle paths in the Castle Grounds. The event is very team orientated, so the training has helped us build up the team work as well.”

The time has come now to see what the team are made of, but it looks as though they’ll have plenty encouragement along the way as Tough Mudder organisers state: “Tough Mudder is more than an event, it’s a way of thinking. By running Tough Mudder you’ll unlock a true sense of accomplishment, have a great time, and discover a camaraderie with your fellow participants that’s experienced all too rarely these days.”

If you would like to support the Tough Mudder team and help raise funds for The Leanne Fund, please visit www.justgiving.com/Andy-Macleod0

And to find out more about the work of The Leanne Fund, visit www.theleannefund.co.uk

Malcolm Murray and Sean Stephen are also taking part in the challenge to raise funds for the Hebrides Search and Rescue (HebSAR). You can sponsor them at http://toughmudder.falbh.com/