TEAM ROB COMPLETE TOUGH MUDDER 2016!
Guest Blog by Rob’s Uncle Mike
After completing the event in 2015 planning for a repeat was never in doubt. Many of last year’s team (Rob with Dad Ian, cousin Simon, friends Ian and Rob Telford) were joined by a couple of newbies, Rob’s sister Kirsty and family friend Nigel Hopkins to take on Tough Mudder 2016. Rob’s carers for the day Cathy, who took part in 2015 and Will joined the team and for some reason decided that taking on the obstacles made sense.
Learning from last year, increasing battery power was going to be key – so Ian and Rob worked with Rob’s Chair supplier All Terrain to create a trailer with 2 extra batteries which when attached to Rob’s chair would double the time Rob’s chair could go without charging. A further set of well-engineered amendments by neighbour Chris Pain further improved the manoeuvrability.
A portable generator was carried in the support vehicle so the trailer batteries could be charged while Rob continued on the course.
The team met up in time for a 9.30 start only to find a wire hanging off Rob’s chair – a pair of reading glasses, a considered debate and plenty of “duck” tape rectified the problem and the team assembled for the 10.30 start. With the weather set fair and Rob introduced to his fellow starters the group set off on the 11-mile course. The only concern after the first couple of miles and 5 obstacles was that Nigel’s bright orange t-shirt was still bright orange.
After 3 hours of really good progress and Rob leading the team over a couple of tricky cross-overs the trailer batteries needed charging – perfect time to meet up with Chris and his wife Jan to oversee the process. A brief breather and the team pushed on gaining great energy from all the other ”Mudders” and supporters en-route whilst at the same time inspiring everyone else on the course with Rob’s ability and drive to overcome everything in front of him. It was clear that the team had forged a great spirit, supporting each other as obstacle after obstacle was overcome. They also somehow managed to save enough energy, as our Video Clip proves, to behave like children at many of the obstacles! As the mud deepened Rob’s skill at manoeuvring his chair was increasingly superior to the ability of his team-mates to stay on track.
Everyone pushed themselves to the limit, taking on obstacles that were really out of their comfort zone but with a steely determination to beat everything in front of them. Rob C dragging Rob T across the Hero Carry and then did Rob T really carry Simon all that way? Ian T quietly kept the team moving forward with Kirsty thoroughly “enjoying” her mud bath during Mud Mile. Did Ian C, Ian T and Nigel get right across the Funky Monkey 2.0 and Simon through the Birth Canal? Visit our Facebook Photo Album and watch our Video Clip to find out! The non-stop laughs and banter kept everyone energised so that when with a couple of miles to go the heavens opened it was embraced and everyone looked forward to climbing Everest 2.0 before separating for the last obstacle. Newbies to the Electricshock Therapy and the Legionnaires (previous Tough Mudders) to the new Frequent Flyers Club – just what Ian wanted; to tackle his fear of heights!
With the last obstacles conquered and Rob leading from the front the team crossed the finish line to pick up their 2016 Tough Mudder Finisher T-shirts and a well-earned drink. A quick wash down, change of clothes and back home to freshen up before re-grouping at Ian and Gill’s for supper and to relive a wonderful inspiring day reflecting on a fantastic achievement by all who took part. Pictures never lie and the smiles on the team’s faces throughout tell it all.
A big thank you to Team Rob’s family, friends and fellow “Mudders” who cheered them on all the way round, and all at Tough Mudder for their support, providing a back up vehicle throughout the day and helping ensure the day was so memorable.
After two years of mud and mischief Team Rob will be going for a hat trick next year. Anyone interested in joining in the fun book your ticket early and get in touch with us – Chris and Jan Pain have already signed up! The more the merrier!