IT IS about as far away from a weekend of rest and relaxation as you can get as Team Teribus prepare to take on the latest craze sweeping the nation – Tough Mudder.
Mark Nichol, Aaron Mackenzie, Scott Robson, Jamie Scott, Ross Nichol, Cammy Rudkin, Jamie Hetherington and Ryan McGee make up the eight-man team ready to take on the gruelling course at Dalkeith County Estate tomorrow.
A number of other locals have also signed up for the challenge, which is described as “probably the toughest event on the planet”.
Among the 20 obstacles they have to negotiate, competitors must jump into a dumpster of ice; sprint through a field of live wires carrying 10,000 volts of electric shock; make their way around a military course that requires crawling through narrow, dark, muddy, trenches; and scaling 12-foot walls.
Ross told the Hawick News this week: “It’s a hardcore 10-12-mile obstacle course designed by Special Forces to test your all round strength, stamina, determination and camaraderie.”
Tough Mudder is a worldwide phenomenon that has been going for three years and the average time to complete the course is three-and-a-half hours.
Team Teribus have been putting in plenty of training for the challenge including running back the ride-out route to Mosspaul last weekend as well as regular gym sessions.
But they have been warned that only 78 per cent of entrants successfully complete each challenge.
Jamie, who has previously completed the Great North Run, said: “We have been doing our own stuff through the week and every weekend trying to get together for a long cross-country run.
“We are really looking forward to it now. A few of the obstacles are going to be challenging but I’m sure we will club together and help one another out.
“The excitement is starting to build up in the group with banter flying back and forward, and when we finish (if we do) the pints will be well worth it.”