A video clip of a man attempting to run up the ‘Everest’ wall during a fitness endurance event in Kettering has gone viral and been viewed by millions of people around the world.
Edd Messenger, aged 30, of Northampton, managed to complete the 12-and-a-half mile Tough Mudder course at Boughton House in May last year.
However, due to the fact he had only completed four weeks training for the notoriously difficult event Mr Messenger said he was struggling when he got to the Everest wall near the end of the course.
A seven second video shot by his friend which shows how Mr Messenger fails to make it to the top of the wall and then slides back down face first has gone viral on the internet and been viewed by millions of people on sites such as LAD Bible, Zoo Weekly and Buzzfeed.
Mr Messenger, who works as a recruitment consultant, said: “I’m not really the fittest of people and by the end I was so tired I did not even know my own name.
“When you run up to the top of the slide you are supposed to grab a hand but I didn’t make it and just slid back down.”
Mr Messenger is now hoping the video will provide some publicity for Prevention of Young Suicide (PAPYRUS), a charity dedicated to preventing young people from committing suicide.
The inspiration for Mr Messenger to raise money for this charity was because the younger brother of his close friend committed suicide.
Mr Messenger, who raised more than £2,300 for the charity, said he was now planning to complete the Tough Mudder course again next year.
He said: “I’m going to start my training this month so I will give myself a bit longer than the four weeks I had last time.”
To find out more about Papyrus go to their website https://www.papyrus-uk.org|PAPYRUS