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A BEAUTY queen and a team of firefighters were among 20,000 people who took part in the Tough Mudder endurance event at the weekend

A BEAUTY queen and a team of firefighters were among 20,000 people who took part in the Tough Mudder endurance event at the weekend.

The 10.8-mile obstacle course at the Culden Faw estate, near Fawley, is designed to test physical and mental strength.

Click here to watch our video of the event.

It featured challenges including the Cry Baby, a tunnel crawl through a teargas-like substance, King of the Swingers, a pendulum swing off a 12ft platform, and Ring of Fire, a 6m drop through fire into a vat of water.

Miss England hopeful Hannah Baker, 22, of Rotherfield Road, Henley, completed the challenge on Sunday with friend Chloe Stanley, 21.

Beforehand the pair collected for the Beauty with a Purpose charity, which helps disadvantaged children.

This was part of Miss Baker?s bid for the Miss England title after qualifying for the semi-finals, which will be held on July 5.

After completing the course in about four hours, Miss Baker said: ?I was feeling a bit worse for wear on Monday, especially after swimming through an ice bucket of water and falling off the King of Swingers into freezing cold, dirty water. The thunderstorm didn?t help either!?

Henley firefighters Paul Herrington, Alastair Letchford, Matt Prior, Nick Shuttleworth, Fred Reed, Ian Birch and his son Oliver also took part on Sunday.

Mr Birch Snr said: ?It was an absolute hoot. Some of the obstacles are quite challenging but the best part of it is that everyone?s there to get everyone else over the hurdles. We all got round safely and as soon as we were finished everyone said they wanted to do it again next year.

?A few of us had a burger and a beer in the garden at home afterwards and it was very quiet as we didn?t seem to have much energy left.?

Click here to see more photographs of the event.

Emma-Jane Taylor, a personal trainer, who runs classes in Henley, took part with six friends on Saturday.

She said: ?It was the best thing I had ever done. I think we came in at about three hours, 45 minutes.

?I kind of loved it all, although I jumped into one of the mud pits and opened my eyes and it was black.?

Tough Mudder started in America in 2010 and now features more than 50 events worldwide.

The London West event, which took place for the second year running at Culden Faw, is probably the largest Tough Mudder event in the world. John Fidoe, the event?s vice-president of marketing, said: ?Henley was a new event last year and went fantastically well. We had a huge response and people loved the venue so we were keen to come back.

?The venue is great as there are lots of ups and downs and the course has great variety.

?It?s a very deceptive course and you get here thinking it?s just rolling countryside but there?s some really steep inclines and some really great mud.?

He said there was a great atmosphere among the competitors, adding: ?People loved it out there, loved the new obstacles and loved being back in Henley.?

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