On Sunday 29th January five brave members made up the Genesis Tough Guy Team to take part in “the safest most dangerous event in the world”… Tough Guy Winter 2012!
Travelling up to Wolverhampton on this foggy morning to discover what lies ahead revealed a carpet of white frost covering the fields and obstacles, with divers breaking the ice off the lakes!
Having signed a death warrant and collected their race numbers, the Genesis team assembled themselves at the start line and psyched themselves up for the eight mile assault course. The cannon fired to mark the start and 6,000 potential Tough Guys charged off on the cross-country run, with various obstacles along the way. Within five hundred metres, they were climbing up and over a series of log walls, jumping down into trenches filled with waist high muddy waters, only to continue running in water logged trainers, full of mud and stones.
This was followed by a series of log walls to climb and then downhill zigzags up and down treacherous steep muddy inclines, designed to test your calves! The course continued scrambling up muddy banks and sliding back into the water trenches, running on to cargo nets to tunnel under through smoke flares obscuring visibility.
Up to a third of all competitors fail to complete this gruelling course. All five Genesis Tough Guy Team members completed the course and made it to the finish – caked in mud, looking like swamp monsters, showing amazing spirit, pure grit and determination.