A team from Burnham-On-Sea’s Gemini Tae Kwon-Do Club have tackled the world’s largest assault course.
The group took part in the ‘Rat Races Dirty Weekend’, a monstrous course set in the grounds of one of England’s finest Elizabethan Country Estates at Burghley House in Lincolnshire.
With 200 obstacles spread over 20 miles, the team ran, swam, crawled, climbed, and jumped their way around the course in seven hours.
They tackled the world’s longest monkey bars and negotiated massive obstacles, some of which were taller than two double decker buses!
Along with over 6,500 other runners, the team helped to raised over £180,000 for the children’s charity Children with Cancer.
Jane Lambert, the clubs instructor, said: “It was the most amazing experience. We’ve had an awesome time training and preparing together, I’m so proud of everyone. You are given the option to divert to the Half Mucker (13 miles) at around the 10 mile stage, but even those that were struggling with injuries opted with dogged determined to finish the full course.”
“Our time wasn’t fast, but there was a lot of waiting around at some of the larger obstacles. Several members of our team that hadn’t really run before, but they really got stuck in, dug deep and have been now been rewarded with a massive sense of achievement.”
“I have already entered a team for 2016 and we are determined to smash our finishing time.”
“This year we raised money for the race’s named charity but we would much rather help out a good cause closer to home. If any local organisation would like us to fundraise for them please get in touch.”
“Or if you think you’d like to join us next year, pop in and start training, you’ll be surprised how much you can achieve in a year. We are in The Gymnasium at King Alfred School on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 6.30pm-7.30pm or visit our website for more details.”
Pictured: Jonathan Galbraith, Gabriel Homewood, Nina Budd, Danielle Oberhansli, Jane Lambert, Ali Sellars, James Delafaille taking part