For the third year Troy Smith has decided to take part in some crazy running events for our industry’s charity Hospitality Action.


He is very keen and determined to beat last year’s total of over £1,150 so has decided to enter 4 BIG races for 2013:-

1.     Portsmouth Half Marathon Feb 17th completed in 1hr 41mins.

2.     Viva Extreme 9 Mile Assault Course April 20th

3.     Tough Mudder “Worlds Toughest Assault Course” 12 miles 25 obstacles June 8th

4.     British London 10K Run July 14th


Proclaimed to probably be ‘The toughest racing event on the planet’ one of the key highlights of the ‘Big 4′ is Tough Mudder - a 12 mile obstacle course with gruesome challenges including:


Fire Walker

As the name of the obstacle implies, you’ll be running through a trench of blazing, kerosene-soaked straw. You can expect flames at least 4 feet tall. While the flames might seem like the most intimidating aspect of this obstacle, Mudders often forget that with fire comes smoke. Take a deep breath before you enter this obstacle because believe us, you don’t want your lungs full of this thick smoke. Build up your lung capacity while training for Tough Mudder or you’ll be forced to inhale some nasty carcinogens.

Electroshock Therapy

Sprint through a field of live wires — some carrying as much as 10,000 volts of electric shock. Watch out for hay bales and deep mud, or you will face-plant into some electrifying mud. Some Mudders try to stealthily wind their way through the wires without getting shocked, while others barrel forward to get through as quickly as possible. Either way, you are guaranteed to get zapped with as much as 10,000 volts of electricity and it does NOT tickle. This is typically the last obstacle Mudders must overcome before they cross the finish line.


Arctic Enema

This obstacle is all about mental grit. Many athletes use ice baths for recovery, but you’ll have a difficult time relaxing your muscles in this frigid dumpster. First you must bravely jump into Big Mudder’s floating iceberg abyss. Once submerged, find the mental and physical strength to swim through the ice, under a wooden plank and pull yourself out on the other end before you become hypothermic.


Troy is having to train quite hard with 2 x 10km runs a week plus the dreaded vomit runs entailing interval running 19kph for 1 minute with 1 minute at 6.5kph repeated 8 times without rest.


The local Virgin Active sports gymnasium is now his 2nd home attending 2 x Bodypump classes a week, Bootcamp, Kettle Bells & Viprs,  Weights, extreme core strength exercises including a 30 min plank and 80 Superman Press ups to get in the right shape to complete all 4 races.


To support Troy and Hospitality Action just visit the just giving web site or send a text TROY77 to 70070  £? Amount (min £5) it couldn’t be simpler!