Help raise money with mud, sweat and tears

An image from an earlier Tough Mudder event
An image from an earlier Tough Mudder event
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Community groups can raise £150 for their organisation if members volunteer at a muddy endurance event that raises money for injured service personnel.

The organisers of Tough Mudder, who will turn the picturesque grounds of Boughton House, near Geddington, into a 12-mile obstacle course on Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13, in aid of Help for Heroes, will donate £150 to community groups for every 10 members volunteer per day.

Volunteer co-ordinator Peter Crowther said: “It’s an exciting and fun event and they would be a major contributing factor to Tough Mudder’s support for Help the Heroes.

“We are appealing to all kinds of organisation. Getting money for them can be quite tight at the moment with funding being taken away.”

Volunteers can help participants register and look after their belongings in a baggage area, help manage the start and finish areas, man water stations and carry out other jobs, such as cutting mohawk and mullet hair cuts and collecting money for the charity.

There are two shifts each day, 6am to 12.30pm and midday to 7pm. Community groups must provide volunteers for two shifts to get a donation.

Volunteers would get a Tough Mudder T-shirt to take away, a breakfast and adult volunteers would be given a beer at the end and a chance to attend the event after party.

Mr Crowther said volunteering at such events could count towards awards or badges for organisations like cadets or Scouts.

He said: “It’s quite a spectacle. When I was first asked to be involved I asked what the incentive for the volunteers would be, but to be a part of it is quite an incentive on its own.”

It is the only midlands based event of its kind this year.

The event champions teamwork and participants will have to navigate 12ft walls, muddy water, go through 4ft flames and into ice cold water. They will have to negotiate pits of stinging nettles, waist high swamps, claustrophobic tunnels, not to mention the 10,000 volts of electroshock therapy they will receive before they drag their weary limbs over the finishing line.

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