School staff help raise thousands by conquering Tough Mudder challenge

The Stranton Primary team upon completing the Tough Mudder
The Stranton Primary team upon completing the Tough Mudder

It was messy. It was exhausting. But Stranton Primary School staff conquered one of the toughest events in the country.

Fifteen members of staff helped each other over the line of the Tough Mudder challenge at Belvoir Castle, in the Midlands on Saturday.

One of the very muddy obstacles on the Tough Mudder course

One of the very muddy obstacles on the Tough Mudder course

The team crawled through mud, were plunged into freezing water and dodged electric cables on the 13-mile course.

Along with a junior version held in school the day before, Stranton Primary has raised about £9,000 for Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice, which cares for babies and young children suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

Headteacher Neil Nottingham, who completed the course last year, said: “We all have lots of bruises and cuts and aching limbs.

“It seemed to be colder and tougher than last year. We went round the course as a team. There’s a lot of cramp along the way so it was just a matter of getting everyone through it.”

Crawling through mud trenches

Crawling through mud trenches

Obstacles included the ‘muddy mile’ which was a series of trenches covered in barbed wire and one called Everest which involved clambering to the top of a huge half pipe.

On Friday, 400 pupils took part in a Junior Tough Mudder obstacle course on the school field. Both events were part of annual fundraising in memory of former pupil Dan Sullivan.

The Stranton team wearing t-shirts in memory of former pupil Dan Sullivan

The Stranton team wearing t-shirts in memory of former pupil Dan Sullivan

Stranton Primary School held a Junior Tough Mudder on the school field

Stranton Primary School held a Junior Tough Mudder on the school field