Tough Guy, Feb 1.

#2
There are loads of videos on youtube. I would suggest that you dress to cover as much skin as possible and try not to go down with hypothermia.

That being said, 16 year old girls have done it, and they didn't ask for advice from the army...
 
#3
Blue_On_You said:
That being said, 16 year old girls have done it, and they didn't ask for advice from the army...
I'm a 16 year old girl......!!! xxx

I've seen videos, just after other peoples experiences, whether in the forces or not.
 
#5
I've done it a couple of times. First year was really cold and the front guys had to break the ice on the water.
I wore 3/4 leggings with old Ron Hills over, a thermal Helly Hanson and another wicking t.shirt on top (Thankfully no fashion police around!). I also had an old hat that I didn't mind losing on the way around. I had off road trainers but not the ones with plastic lugs (too slippery on wood). Expect to get muddy and smelly so wear old kit that you really don't mind getting ripped and smelly.
At the beginning you get quite hot as it's a cross country run, then you hit the obstacles with long queues and get cold. At times you find yourself held up on the top of the obstacle and with the wind chill and being wet anyway it's incredibly cold.
It's a brilliant race and the support and help from other competitors is great. I've also done Hellrunner, Grim and Turbo x races but nothing is a good as the Tough Guy.
Good luck and have fun.
 
#6
Great stuff.

I was worried it could be all hype, and it not actually be that hard.

I think I'd be disappointed if I finished it and didn't find it that hard.

I'm hoping it will be the most difficult thing I've ever done, though probably won't be thinking that at the time when I'm freezing to death....

I hope they don't let people skip obstacles, as I've heard they do, and I want to do all of it.
 
#7
I think towards the back they skip obstacles as you can watch them after you get changed - but to be honest they've already been out there for a couple of hours and it's between them and their own self esteem.

It's certainly not easy but it's so much fun and you laugh so much with the guys around you that it doesn't seem that bad at the time - it's afterwards when you sit down and think about it that you realise how awsome it was.

I remember doing it the first time and coming off the big frame into the electric wires that they weren't switched on as I didn't get a shock, then the next year I had a massive shock in the back from one and couldn't believe that they actually were electricuting people!
 
#10
Blue_On_You said:
Duckie said:
Blue_On_You said:
That being said, 16 year old girls have done it, and they didn't ask for advice from the army...
I'm a 16 year old girl......!!! xxx
Ah, if only I had a quid every time I've fallen for that one...
You as well?! 8O :oops:

I mean, if you can't trust someone on the Net - who can you trust? :D
 
#13
No time for knitting or reading as you'll be too busy laughing and joking around with your fellow competitors. There's a sense of madness amongst you all which makes for a great atmosphere and bonding.

Besides you'll be shivering too hard to hold a book or knitting needles.
 
#14
Just Faxed my entry forms :lol:

Doing it 50/50: Their Charity: Keeping teens off the streets / My Charity: Laura Crane Trust promoting research into teenage cancer

See you at the finish line :wink:

Daz 8O
 
#15
I'm well excited now. Just 2 weeks to go.

Any tips on how best to do certain obstacles?

Anything I should be aware of, from those that have done it before???

Cheers.
 
#16
Aim to come in the top 30 (there are people over 40 in this category) and avoid the queues!
A great event. I hope that C@@@ who decided to sue them for getting cold or something has died with all his issue.
 
#17
Duckie said:
I'm well excited now. Just 2 weeks to go.

Any tips on how best to do certain obstacles?

Anything I should be aware of, from those that have done it before???

Cheers.
Do the rope across the lake. Most pussies just jump in the lake and wade across, get up the frame and shimmie along the rope, you'll get all the spectators encouraging you on. Attempt every obstacle for the max, don't bypass anything otherwise you're just wasting your inflated entry fee.

Make sure your shoes are on tightly, there's a 100m+ slog through the thickest mud you've ever seen and it eats shoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Enjoy it! I took my time to enjoy the moment and loved every minute. Also for an extra bonus, buy one of those disposal one-time waterproof cameras from Boots, Tesco's etc. for about a fiver and snap piccies as you go around, it'll help you remember the course after the exhaustion has subsided.

Some piccies of me going around. (Note: liberal use of Black tape. No I'm not on of 'Them'. The girth is a good pointer to that.)
 

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