Monday, 20 September 2021

Women enjoy ‘planet’s toughest challenge’

TWO women from Henley completed the “toughest challenge on the planet” and raised more than £1,200 for Badgemore Pre-School.

TWO women from Henley completed the “toughest challenge on the planet” and raised more than £1,200 for Badgemore Pre-School.

Elizabeth Singer, of Elizabeth Road, and JoJo Venegas, of Mount View, completed the Tough Mudder challenge, an 11-mile course that includes 22 military-style obstacles, including walking a plank 30ft above water, climbing 12ft walls and crawling through trenches under barbed wire.

The women, whose children attend the pre-school, had trained for six months having previously run the Henley half marathon.

Mrs Singer, 34, said one of the hardest obstacles was the “Arctic enema” where they had to wade neck deep through a skip full of ice and then fully submerge to get to the other end of the skip.

“That was an incredibly difficult challenge mentally and physically,” she said. “It was so unbelievably cold that we both came out making the weirdest noise as our bodies were reacting. The other horrible obstacles both included electric shocks. In one we had to crawl under a wooden structure which has these electric ‘eels’ hanging down. When any part of your body touches them, they give you the most horrendous shock which shoots through the whole of your body — it was really unpleasant.

“In the last obstacle, we had to run through a sea of the electric ‘eels’ to get to the finish line. I think I got shocked maybe twice but JoJo got hit by about four eels in her left leg. It took her straight down into the mud but she was straight back up again.”

Mrs Singer, a PA to the deputy headteacher at Gillotts School, added: “The camaraderie among all the ‘mudders’ is amazing — you all help each other. It isn’t a race, it’s about all of you completing it. We both absolutely loved it and smiled all the way from start to finish and can’t wait to do it again next year.”

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