TWELVE gruelling miles of mud, fire, ice, water and 10,000 volts of electricity is the daunting task ahead for a group of pals led by a young dad who has battled cancer.
Andrew Hyde, 31, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in November last year, but after surgery and six months of chemotherapy, scans are clear and the signs are very promising.
After the year-long battle, Andrew is now set for another challenge altogether.
The Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile obstacle course designed by the Special Forces to test strength, stamina, determination and cameraderie.
And in just a matter of weeks Andrew, Martin Davies, and Craig Rudd, who all live in Hartlepool, Craig’s brother Graham who now lives in London, Jeff Graham who lives in Darlington and Andrew Houlesworth, who lives in Bolton, will head to Chester for the hardcore challenge.
Andrew Hyde, who works at Camerons Brewery and lives in the Elwick Road area of town with wife, Emma, 31, and their three-year-old son Jacob, said: “It’s going to be tough, we all know that.
“I have done quite a few runs, but there’s not much training you can do for coming up against an electric fence.”
The lads are raising money for Bowel Cancer UK, Macmillan Nurses and Hartlepool-based charity the Denise Taylor Trust and sponsorship has already passed the £300 mark.
They are hoping to reach as much as £1,500 by the time the event comes along on Saturday, November 18.
Andrew praised the “fantastic” Denise Taylor Trust, which offers financial help to those who are fighting against cancer.
The Tough Mudder isn’t the first extreme challenge the group of pals have came up against.
Last year they took on a 155-mile coast to coast ride across the Lake District, where they wracked up more than £4,500 for Macmillan Nurses.
Town physio Martin Davies, 33, who lives in Bishop Cuthbert with wife Abby, 33, and their two children Isobelle, three, and ten-week-old Joseph, is trying to prepare himself as best as possible.
Martin, who runs Active Physiocare, in Victoria Road and worked as a physio at this year’s London Olympics, said: “I’ve been doing some running and been in the gym, I think it’s just a case of doing as much as we can.
“We have done a lot of research and watched videos so we think we know what we have let ourselves in for, it’s going to be like nothing we have done before.”
To support the lads in their gruelling challenge visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/hartlepooltoughmudder2012.