Billed as the toughest race on earth ‘Tough Guy’ is certainly a race which, quite literally, sets the heart racing. The race is staged over a 15 kilometer obstacle course in which contestants face electric shocks, ditches, jumps, freezing water pools and fire pits. It is not surprising that up to a third of the entrants drop out as they fall foul of the resulting dehydration, hypothermia, acrophobia and claustrophobia demanded by the brutal course. Joey Quinn (LVI, North) managed to cope with all of this including losing his trainers after just 100 metres, lost in the quagmire at the start. His inspiration was his close friend Tildy Curran who, as a fellow pupil at the School, tragically lost her life after her brave battle against leukaemia in 2009. Joey wanted to run to raise money for Tildy’s Trust and has so far raised £725.
He will also be competing in the Tough Mudder race later on this year, which is a 12 mile-long obstacle course designed by the British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. Not only has he set the goal of completing the event, he is also aiming to finish in the top 5% of competitors, and in doing so qualifying for the World’s Toughest Mudder, an extreme competition that puts the world’s most hardcore athletes through a gruelling 24-hour challenge designed to find the toughest man and woman on the planet.
If you would like to help Joey achieve his fundraising target of £2000, you can donate via his online donating page.