FOUR Moray fundraisers proved they were up to one of the toughest challenges on the planet.
Gordon Duffus, Scott Younie, Richard Gamba and Colin Campbell survived the Tough Mudder.
Competitors had to cover 11 miles and 22 obstacles, including crawling through thick mud while avoiding an electric fence and wading through a skip of ice cold water, known as the Arctic Enema.
The extreme endurance event, designed by special forces, at Dalkeith, near Edinburgh, was no match for the four friends who completed the course in three hours 15 minutes.
Gordon (40), from Clackmarras, near Elgin, and Scott (36), from Elgin, wanted a challenge and recruited friend Richard, also from Elgin, and Colin, a relative of Gordon’s who lives in Auchterarder, Fife.
“I turned 40 this year and needed a fresh challenge,” admitted Gordon, a timber kit estimator who, in his own words, spends too much time behind a desk.
Gordon’s daughter Kara (6) and son Jamie (2) have both received support from the ARCHIE Foundation during spells in hospital, so he decided to raise funds for the Moray Friends of ARCHIE appeal for the children’s ward at Dr Gray’s Hospital. Between them the quartet have raised over £1,000 for the appeal.
Scott, a joiner and part-time firefighter, said: “We had a few cuts and bruises but nothing too serious.”
He trained with Force 1 Fitness twice a week, a military-style boot camp, to prepare for the event, while Gordon used old tractor tyres in his garden as part of his training regime.
For Colin, who is married to Gordon’s cousin, the event came soon after the completion of six months’ rehabilitation for a serious back problem.
Said Gordon: “A month before the event his hip popped. We helped him as he made it to the finish line.”
Gordon and Scott are back in training and looking for their next adventure. They have already signed up for next year’s Tough Mudder.
The Moray Friends of ARCHIE appeal received another £1,000 boost this week when the shareholders of an Elgin firm, which did not wish public recognition, made a donation towards the work of the charity at Dr Gray’s Hospital.