A WOMAN who has had brain surgery twice and a team of Henley firefighters were among 15,000 people who took part in Tough Mudder at the Culden Faw estate in Fawley over the weekend.
Vicky Price, 34, of South Avenue, Henley, completed the 12-mile course with a team of friends on Saturday.
The mother-of-four, who had surgery to remove a malignant brain tumour in 2011 and a second operation in August, took part with friends Doug Kew, Michael Read, Phil Drewitt, Adam Palmer and her niece Holly Price. They completed the obstacle course in about four hours.
All six members of the team, known as Vicky’s Brainy Mudders, wore vests to show they were running in aid of the Brain Tumour Charity. So far, they’ve raised £360.
Miss Price, a teacher at Trinity Pre-School, said: “It was really good being able to run with the team. Holly ran without doing any training because she wanted to help raise awareness of the charity.
“We have raised a good amount of money and hopefully more awareness. People have said to me they meant to sponsor me so it’s ongoing and hopefully more will come in.”
To donate, visit mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/vickyprice1
The firefighters’ team was made up of Ian Birch, Fred Reed, Paul Herrington and Adam Summers as well as Mr Herrington’s daughter Lauren, 19, and Mr Birch’s son Oliver, 24.
It was the second year they had taken part.
Mr Birch Snr, 58, of King’s Road, Henley, said: “We had a few injuries this year — Lauren had to have her ankle bandaged and one of our guys’ shoes fell apart so we had someone from the ambulance station put heavy duty tape on it to put it back together!
“It’s good fun and it’s very much a team thing so everyone helps each other. It also helps keeps us fit.”
Tough Mudder was launched in America in 2010 and now has more than 70 events a year worldwide.
It has now been held at Culden Faw three years running. London West, the name of the event, is among the biggest and best attended.
It is considered to be one of the toughest in the UK due to the steep inclines on the estate.
Waves of runners set off every 20 minutes after taking an oath that they would help each other along the way.
New obstacles were added to the course this year, including the Block Ness Monster, where runners had to hoist each other over a number of rotating blocks in waist-deep water.
Other obstacles included Everest, where participants had to run up a curved wall and be hoisted up by fellow competitors, and Arctic Enema, where they had to swim through ice cold water.
The final obstacle was “electroshock therapy” where runners had to dash through open electrical wires while trying to avoid hay bales.
At the finish each participant was given a neon-orange headband, a commemorative T-shirt and a pint of cider.
Hundreds of children took part in Mini Mudder, a one-mile course with 10 obstacles for seven- to 12-year-olds.
Nikki Emmans, vice-president for international market at Tough Mudder, said: “We’re thankful to the greater Henley community for welcoming our Mudders from across the UK for the weekend and we hope to return next year.”