Helping Rob cope with Tetraplegia

Tough Mudder Training going well

Rob’s training has been going well for Sunday’s Tough Mudder. It has been a mix of road miles, circuit training around the field and then rough terrain challenges. It is not really the distance or speed that is an issue for Rob but the length of time spent driving the chair – quite the opposite for his Dad where distance and speed kills!!.

Rough ground training

Rough ground training

There is a concern that the battery on the chair will not keep going for the full course but with the help of the organisers we hope to locate charging points round the course hoping that it will fit in with those areas that will be out of bounds for Rob even with a “give it a go” attitude. There was a scare at the end of last week that red tape, H&S and medical insurance would puts Rob’s place in jeopardy but thankfully things have been sorted and it is all systems go. Rob, his nurse carer and his Dad will be doing a course tour on Friday afternoon to work out what is doable for Rob and what should be avoided. (No excuses allowed for the 10 others in Rob’s team) The truth is that Rob will be a lower risk than most other competitors!!

This would not have been tackled a month ago- no problems now!

This would not have been tackled a month ago- no problems now!

Watch a couple of videos of Rob tackling the ditch in the picture earlier this week – The Descent and The Exit – great courage and an awesome chair.

Rob has been generously sponsored by the Helping Hand Company who have supplied a deeper starlock cushion for his chair. The deeper cells in the cushion should make Rob more stable in his chair over the rough terrain. The cushion would normally sell for £500 and so Rob is extremely grateful for the sponsorship as anything to help avoid those dreaded pressure sores.

If you are willing to support Rob in supporting SpecialEffect please visit his Just Giving Page.