New Tough Mudder course to include tear gas in 2015

New Tough Mudder course to include tear gas in 2015 #853

Tough Mudder is thought by many to be a fun, adrenaline-inducing alternative to a 10K or half marathon. The addition of obstacles makes the notion of running long distances seem much more tolerable to many of those not keen on doing the same repetitive motion for several miles. 

But in recent years, the popular adventure race company has added several hellacious obstacles, including an electric shock army crawl obstacle and something called an “Artic Enema.” But the company’s latest addition to the course will literally make you cry.

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Olympic gold and unbeaten rowing success a close thing for Helen Glover

Olympic gold and unbeaten rowing success a close thing for Helen Glover #994

On a grey afternoon in Reading, Helen Glover orders a large mug of hot chocolate, topped with marshmallows, and reflects on her extraordinary life. From novice to Olympic champion in four years. The 28-year-old’s tale is, quite frankly, the stuff of which movies are made. An ordinary girl from Cornwall whose parents ran an ice cream shop, who just happened to try out at a talent identification day – and ended up being one of the most iconic faces at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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Growing army of marathon runners continue to confound the sceptics

Growing army of marathon runners continue to confound the sceptics #38

Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto crosses the line in Berlin as he completes the fastest marathon in history – his 2:02:57 breaking the 2:03-barrier for the first time. Photo: Tobias Schwarz/Getty

Some people still think of it as a sort of annual mass street demonstration in support of capital running punishment. What, they ask, are those sick people running for? Why would anyone punish themselves so brutally for 26.2 gut-busting miles through the streets of any capital city, especially in a race where hardly of them have the slightest chance of winning?

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