Chris McCann, 39 from Lanark, will be raising money for JDRF as he trains for what has been billed ‘probably the toughest event on the planet’, the World’s Toughest Mudder.
On 12 May this year, Chris and his mate Robert entered the Tough Mudder East Midlands event. These are extreme obstacle courses designed by the Special Forces to test all-round strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. Chris completed the 12 mile course with a finishing time that saw him in the top five per cent of participants. This meant he was able to apply for a place in the World’s Toughest Mudder, taking place on 17-18 November 2012 in New Jersey, USA.
This event will push Chris to the extreme, as he battles to complete as many laps of the 8-10 mile course in 24 hours as he can. While the obstacles remain a mystery until the start of the event, participants can expect challenges from fire, ice, barbed wire and 10,000 volts of electricity. In last year’s event there were 40 military style obstacles and only ten per cent of participants made the full 24 hours.
Chris has decided to use this challenge to help JDRF, a cause that is close to him and his family. His nephew Blair was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in February 2010, aged 6. Chris said ‘when Blair was diagnosed, life changed forever for him and the whole family. I hope you can donate something, no matter how large or small, to a very worthy charity’.
Chris will be training hard over the next few months, and will compete in two Total Warrior 10k Obstacle Races and the Spartan Sprint Race.
Visit Chris’ Just Giving page to find out more about his challenge and support him in his fundraising for JDRF.
JDRF wish Chris the best of luck, and look forward to letting you know how he gets on in this extreme challenge.