Locals accept Tough Mudder challenge

Anneka Maxwell gets a leg up from Craig Patterson and Mark Adams.
Anneka Maxwell gets a leg up from Craig Patterson and Mark Adams.

OVER six thousand participants - many from Wigtownshire and the Stewartry - descended on Drumlanrig Estate near Dumfries last weekend to endure what is dubbed “the toughest even on the planet”.

The notorious 12-mile Tough Mudder obstacle course event, which raises millions of pounds for charity as it moves to various locations around the world each year, saw mud swamps, ice pools, electric fences and around 23 other obstacles for participants to tackle with an overall understanding of cameraderie.

Mark Adams grits his teeth as he braves the electric shocks.

Mark Adams grits his teeth as he braves the electric shocks.

The ethos of the course is one of having fun, helping each other through and pushing yourself to the limit but it is in no way a race and results aren’t published by the organisers.

Designed by ex-army officials to test stamina, grit and strength, the event has been known to leave grown men in tears but thankfully none of the locals taking part ended up in such a state.

Carol Ann Brown gets some uplifting help from Anneka Maxwell.

Carol Ann Brown gets some uplifting help from Anneka Maxwell.

The Tough Mudder challenge just after climbing the Berlin Wall, obstacle number 18. They still had another four obstacles after this one. Pictured from left to right are Carol Ann Brown, Anneka Maxwell, Jamie Telfer, Alan Johnstone, Craig Patterson and Mark Adams.

The Tough Mudder challenge just after climbing the Berlin Wall, obstacle number 18. They still had another four obstacles after this one. Pictured from left to right are Carol Ann Brown, Anneka Maxwell, Jamie Telfer, Alan Johnstone, Craig Patterson and Mark Adams.