Not so tough with proper motivation

Local Homes team put on a brave face at the end of the Tough Mudder course
Local Homes team put on a brave face at the end of the Tough Mudder course
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A team of eight members of staff from Motherwell-based Local Homes took part in this year’s epic Edinburgh Tough Mudder event.

Local Homes is the joint brand for the combined North Lanarkshire Council property services and Mears repairs services.

The team consisted of Chris Sullivan, Sean Mcdonald, Fraser Stalker, John Apperson, John Kennedy, David Crosbie, Alison Currie and Thomas Gilchrist, a 50/50 split between the council and Mears, to highlight the unity in the partnership.

Between them the participants raised more than £3,000 which will be split between two charities, St Andrew’s Hospice in Airdrie, Local Homes’ designated charity, and the University of Glasgow’s research into brain cancer.

Tough Mudder is a 12-mile obstacle course set up by British Marines which is widely considered to be the toughest event of its nature in the world.

Despite training daily for a year nothing prepared them for hazards like ‘Arctic Enema’, through ice laden water, or ‘Electro Therapy’, 10,000 volts of pain, so certainly enjoy a pint from event sponsors Strongbow at the end.

John Apperson says the team had such a great time they are already preparing for next year.

He said: “Last year we did a spinathon, but when we found out the about Tough Mudder we decided to give it a go.

“It was a great fun as we had to work as a team, you simply couldn’t manage it on your own.

“We are delighted to have raised over £3,000 for two very worthy causes, brain cancer being particularly close to my heart, and have already pre-registered our intrest for next year.