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Monday, 9 May 2016

Blasting Falmouth's Tuff-Enuff Challenge


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A self-proclaimed film nut who loves nothing better than to sink into his sofa and enjoy action movies, Nathan swapped the comfort of his living room for the gruelling Tuff-Enuff ‘Urban Survivor’ obstacle course and SURVIVED!
He ran the 8km Urban Survivor in Falmouth with Green Light’s support worker, Rob Peerman, a former lifeguard. The pair took one hour forty minutes to complete the course saying it was “fast and furious” and a real test of their endurance.
It was the first time that the teenager had taken part in the course which was designed by military athletes to test competitors’ strength, stamina, fitness and nerve!
Rob (L) & Nathan ready for action on the start line of the ‘Urban Survivor’.

“It was freezing,” said Rob, “I was so proud of Nathan for sticking it out. It was a massive challenge and a really positive experience.” Speaking after the event Nathan said the icy cold, muddy waters were off-putting but he was ‘up for it’, adding: “It was good fun and I don’t mind doing it again. I used to do kickboxing. We’ve played badminton and I would like to get a bike. My main interests are playing the Xbox and watching action movies.”

Starting at the Dracaena Centre in Falmouth the pair ran along the coastline into the town centre, up Jacob’s Ladder, down to Events Square and it’s 20ft high obstacles, onto Ships & Castles, then Pendennis Castle, taking the scenic coast road to the finish line on Gyllyngvase beach.
Rob, who’s hoping that Nathan will take part in another Tuff-Enuff challenge during the summer, said of his feat: “He did all of the obstacles, I told him not to quit and encouraged him as we went round. Jacob’s Ladder was hard, there were 111 steep steps but the toughest section was running through the sea and jumping high fences. I was proud to receive my medal with Nathan, we were both cold and exhausted but it was worth it.”

Tony Borrett, who founded the Cornwall Tuff-Enuff challenges, praised Nathan’s efforts saying it was important to complete as much as compete: “Completing the Urban Survivor is a great achievement. There are lots of opportunities to get muddy, it’s one of our hardest challenges.”
The courses are normally set out on farmland or open countryside but the Urban Survivor brings the action into the heart of local communities where people can watch competitors close-up. “It’s a niche market that is growing in popularity. The sport builds on the team working, well-being, confidence and gets people active outdoors,” said Tony, who is expecting to see upwards of 700 children and 1500 adults taking part in his next Tuff-Enuff challenge in St Buryan at the end of May.
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Smiling through after completing the 8km ‘Urban Survivor’ route with 20 gruelling obstacles, including Jacob’s Ladder and its 111 steps, 20ft high fences and freezing muddy waters.

For more information on Tuff-Enuff challenges, you can go to: www.tuff-enuff.co.uk