Tough Mudder 2013 – Boughton House

Some 14,000 competitors from mainly southern UK descended on Boughton House on 4th/5th May to take part in the first of this year’s 6 Tough Mudders. The event, a half marathon with 25 large obstacles, really does not describe the challenge in any meaningful way.

Described by the organisers as “probably the toughest on the planet” the event lives up to its name, being a gruelling mud bath with most competitors covered from very early on. Obstacles such as “Artic enema” (ice bath), “Fire walker” (wall of fire) and “Electroshock Therapy” (hanging shock wires) just add to what many might describe as a living hell.

The Geddington Volunteer Fire Brigade (GVFB) were asked again this year to man the “Fire Walker” obstacle. Involvement required that the fires were fed and competitors were shown how best to manoeuvre the obstacle.  Good use of the fires was also made to provide sausage sandwiches.  Unfortunately, halfway through Saturday fears grew that the wall between the jump and the water would collapse. This was repaired overnight and stoking the fires continued early on the Sunday morning.

Some competed in fancy dress and anyone completing the course (it’s not a race) was presented with an orange headband, T-shirt and well-earned pint of cider.

The traffic management plan covering the 2 days of the event worked well with stewards manning the Queen Street and West Street entrances to Geddington and a road block closing Grafton Road at the allotments. Some heavy goods vehicle movements through Geddington pre and post event did however cause problems.

Both organisers and Boughton Estates have said that the event was a great success.