Tomorrow I’ll be taking part in ‘Tough Guy’, which claims to be the world’s most demanding one-day survival ordeal. As pushing pawns is about the most physically demanding thing I’ve done since leaving school, I expect it to be, well, Tough.
It consists of a cross-country run of about six miles, followed by a two mile obstacle course called ‘The Killing Fields’. The Killing Fields feature 25 increasingly unpleasant obstacles, which require you to climb, jump from heights, be electrocuted, run through fire, crawl under barbed wire, and swim through freezing cold underwater tunnels. The frequent submersions in cold water are the bit I’m most scared of.
One possible interpretation of why I’m doing this is that it’s an expression of my determination to become a Grandmaster. Another possibility is that it’s a result of my lack of sanity (which some argue I sacrificed when starting this blog). I have been doing some training in an effort to make up for the last two and a half years of inactivity, and you can see me jumping in the River Wear here. I’m raising money for Tough Guy’s own charity, H.A.W.K, which stands for Heroes, Animals, Wheelchairs, Kids, and as far as I can tell teaches limbless veterans and fully-limbed children to work with animals in a sanctuary.
Wish me luck!