This post is a little different for me, but I felt compelled to write it. I know I don’t tend to share much of my friends and family on social media or my blog, because, well, thats my private life. Im quite a private person and my friends and family are sacred, and my blog is more about the frivolous side of my life. Anyway, I wanted to share this, I think because it gave us a boost as a family in tough times, and it was such an uplifting day. I know others are also facing the battle, so, this is part of my real life and I wanted to share it with you.
My teenage sons decided in January this year that they wanted to challenge themselves with something, and also raise money for MacMillan Cancer, a charity that was my much missed Mother in laws chosen charity. My strong, brave mother in law fought so hard against cancer for 6 years, before she lost her battle November 2015, and MacMillan were with her and my father in law, every step of the way. Since my husbands recent diagnoses of cancer, they have also been fantastic and supporting of us as a family.
My sons are both fit and healthy, so knew that it had to be something hard to push themselves. They decided to tackle the full Tough Mudder, which is a 12 mile run, with 23 obstacles to contend with along the way. The obstacles include things like going through tunnels of water, climbing pyramids, being submerged in ice baths, as well as the small matter of being electrocuted by wires they had to run through. Fun!
They started training back in January, and were feeling pretty ok about it, until they started looking on YouTube at previous races a few days before. I think they then realised how hard it was really going to be!
We travelled to Sussex, about an hour away from London early on race day. My parents, my father in law and my eldest sons Girlfriends parents were also all coming to watch. (Cally had somehow convinced his girlfriend that she should do the race with them, so she was running for Dementia UK, another fantastic charity).
As is normal at these sorts of events, the atmosphere is amazing. People don’t enter these events, and put their body through this without being passionate about their cause, but there is a real feel of camaraderie and team spirit. The feeling is one of determination and focus, but lots of fun with the warm up and other participants.
The weather was kind to them all. It was dry, not to hot, with a little breeze. Im sure that breeze didn’t feel quite so good after falling in the cold mud or being plunged into the ice bath………
Obstacle wise, as I said, they had to face climbing pyramids, navigating tunnels of water, jumping into mud pools and being electrocuted! Fun times!
The boys really enjoyed the challenge. It was exhausting, but a great sense of achievement. There were so many uplifting stories, people of all shapes and sizes challenging themselves for their own personal causes, and the atmosphere was buzzing with happiness, fun and sense of achievement. It was an emotional day for our family, remembering the much loved and much missed people we have lost recently to this bastard disease, and also showing determination and support to my husband, their Dad, in his own, current battle.
It was a great boost and lift in spirits for us all. The boys did themselves proud, and truly earnt the sponsorship that they had raised for MacMillan Cancer.
We couldnt be prouder of what these teenagers have achieved. They set out to complete a tough challenge, they trained hard and they raised over £1800. We hope to increase that to £3600 as my husbands company that he works for are looking to match it. Cally’s girlfriend also raised over £1000 for Dementia Uk. We are so happy.
This day was very much needed, we had a great time, and I didnt even mind that I was washing stinky, sticky mud from all of their clothes and trainers for about 3 days afterwards……………
They are now choosing their challenge for next year…..gawd help us!