TUMBY MUDDERS: The Tumby Bay team was Stacey Curtis, Rebecca Pedemonte, Erin Bubner, Marie Butler, Matt Ryan, Dion LeBrun, Corey Slade and Stephen Hibbit. CRAWLING: Rebecca Pedemonte, Erin Bubner and Stacey Curtis crawled their way through the mud.
A GROUP of Tumby Bay locals decided it was time to up the ante in respect to their personal fitness goals in 2013 and attempted Tough Mudder, a hardcore 21km, 20-station obstacle course designed by British Special Forces to test all round strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie.
The group fittingly called themselves the Tumby Mudders.
The event was held at the Grand Prix Circuit on Phillip Island in Victoria.
The group had tackled local sports and locally run boot camps in the past but this was well outside their comfort zone.
The mental and physical training began several months prior to the event, led primarily by local fitness trainer Corey Slade, who specifically tailored the sessions to prepare the team for the varying obstacles they were inevitably to face.
The team was often witnessed at 6am jumping off the Tumby Bay jetty in the middle of winter to prepare for unbearable temperature changes and overcome any fear of heights, or slogging it out through the local sand dunes to strengthen legs for unstable terrain.
At the event the group faced ice-water, mud mounds, 12 foot walls, underground mud tunnels and electric shock run and crawl stations containing hundreds of dangling lines each with 10,000 volts of live electricity.
Team-mateship and camaraderie played a huge role in getting them through the course, giving each a boost and push when spirits dipped and also making sure no one was left behind.
The team stuck together through every obstacle and prevailed together across the finish line in a time of 3 hours 25 minutes.
It was a huge accomplishment from a team where half of the participants had never run further than 8km before, or ever imagined participating in such an event.
The group gives a special thanks to Pedemonte Jewellers and Sportscene in Port Lincoln for their sponsorship and to Emma Pedler for putting together some great footage of the group tackling the course.
Buoyed by their success and overwhelming support from family and friends, the group has now signed up for the next obstacle based event called ‘True Grit ‘ on May 11 and 12 in Waikerie.
This event will comprise of 30 obstacles over a 12km course and is sure to be another unique challenge.
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