e-Research Centre staff get Tough

e-Research Centre staff get Tough

The Oxford e-Research Centre's Clem Harris and Adi Himpson are taking part in Tough Mudder on 12th July and will be raising funds for four deserving charities while they do so.

Tough Mudder is an 12-mile(19 km) military-style obstacle course. Designed and created by British Special Forces to test mental as well as physical strength, obstacles often play on common human fears, such as fire, water, electricity and heights.

Like the Centre's activities Tough Mudder depends on collaboration, encouraging camaraderie throughout the course with obstacles that encourage group participation. Participants must commit to helping others complete the course, putting teammates before themselves, and overcoming their fears to do so.

Completing the event is far from certain though, as on average almost a quarter of participants are unable to complete the course.

If you would like to support Clem and Adi you can visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/mud-life-crisis

Obstacles the pair will face include:

  • Crawling through mud on their hands and knees
  • Avoiding barbed wire
  • Climbing massive obstacles
  • Being submerged in water full of ice
  • Plummeting from great heights
  • Being electrocuted
  • Crawling through narrow spaces
  • Carrying their team-mates great distances
  • Swinging hand-to-hand over perilous drops into cold water
  • And much much more...

The charities their team, #MudLifeCrisis, will be supporting are:

Cancer Research UK
Cancer Research UK is the world's leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. Over half of all cancer research in the UK is carried out by the charity's scientists and they have discovered new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer that together have saved millions of lives across the world. Survival rates have doubled in the last thirty years but one in three of us will still get cancer at some point in our lives. Cancer Research UK's groundbreaking work, funded entirely by the public, will help ensure that millions more people will survive.

The Sussex Beacon
The Sussex Beacon charity offers specialist care and support for men, women and families affected by HIV. Open 365 days a year, they help people manage the everyday realities of living with this life-long condition that has no cure. Their inpatient and outpatient services help people living with HIV related illnesses, initiating new drug therapies or struggling with extreme side effects of HIV medication. The Sussex Beacon supports the whole person by addressing the physical, mental and social impact of HIV.

The MS Trust
The MS Trust is dedicated to making life better for people living with multiple sclerosis by providing free information to everyone affected by MS and by supporting the health professionals who work with the condition. They are in contact with over 40,000 people affected by multiple sclerosis - those with MS, their families, friends and the health care professionals who help manage multiple sclerosis. The Trust provides and funds information that is tailored to what people want to know, education for health professionals about what people with multiple sclerosis need, research into better management of MS and support for anyone affected by MS.

The Albert Kennedy Trust
The Albert Kennedy Trust supports LGBT young people (16-25) who are homeless or living in a hostile environment. Many of the young people they support have been rejected by their parents or bullied at school just for being brave enough to come out and be themselves. The Trust provides safe and supportive homes with LGBT Carers through their Supported Lodgings Schemes. They also provide more informal support, helping young people build positive independent futures through mentoring & befriending. Additionally they offer advice, information and support by phone, in person or by email to help young people achieve their own tenancy, employment, training or return to education. Additionally they offer opportunities for young people to become involved and valued through their Tomorrow’s Leaders training and volunteering programme.

If you would like to support Clem and Adi you can visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/mud-life-crisis