There is something about wounded soldiers which incites people to do extraordinary things to raise money in their support. Soldiers face hard physical challenges just to do their job, and those who come home terribly wounded inspire ordinary people to come out of their workplaces and do tough things to support them.
The toughest-looking of these challenges is called Tough Mudder. Events take place at various venues, and the next one is on the Matterley Estate in Hampshire tomorrow, Saturday 8 June. A 10-man team from eDisclosure / eDiscovery provider Consilio is taking part, including Drew Macaulay from Consilio’s London office and Michael Becker from Consilio’s German team. Tough Mudder is a supporter of Help for Heroes, the UK military charity for wounded ex-servicemen and women.
You get the flavour of it from the course safety warning which says things like “You will be wet after the first mile”, and warns of electric shock obstacles which “are dangerous if you have certain health conditions”. Those who have not reached the halfway mark by a certain time “will be escorted off the course by the first aid team”. The course is 12 miles long and has 21 obstacles designed by the British Special Forces to test strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie.
I can say emphatically that this is not for me, and I salute anyone willing to take part. Each of the Consilio participants has his own donations page and if I point you specifically to those of Drew Macaulay and Michael Becker, it is because they are the ones I know best. I wish the very best of luck to all the Consilio participants.