Three ‘Unwise Men’ have just completed the first of 10 extreme challenges they have set themselves for this year.
Having survived – and apparently even enjoyed – a Tough Mudder at Henley-on Thames last Sunday, Winslow-born David Dyke, aged 31, and Ben Tofield, aged 26, and 24-year-old Mike Crook, from Stoke Mandeville, are already looking forward to the next event in May.
The Three Peaks Challenge involves climbing the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours.
On their support team for this event are Mr Dyke’s dad, Andy, who is a volunteer in Winslow’s police office, and his mum, Angie.
Eight more muscle-numbing events are to follow before the end of 2014, including three in June alone – the 50-mile London to Brighton cycle ride, a 100km 20-hour walk along the Grand Union Canal from London to Bletchley and a Brutal 10 Enduro, where teams compete to complete the most laps of a 10km woodland course in 12 hours overnight.
The biggest challenge of the lot will be the 20,000ft climb up Kilimanjaro in July.
In August, there’s the London Triathlon and the Nuts Challenge obstacle course.
A Dusk till Dawn Challenge in October will see the men undertake a 50-mile, 16-hour challenge through the Pennines.
And the final event will be a skydive in November.
The men are taking on the year of challenges to raise money for four charities.
Mr Crook, a water treatment consultant, is fundraising for Thembalitsha, which runs projects in the western cape of South Africa, and the Alzheimer’s Society.
Business analyst Mr Dyke is fundraising for Winslow-based charity Alec’s Angels.
And electrician Mr Tofield, who still lives in Winslow, is fundraising for the Donor Family Network, in memory of his close friend Alex Lawes, who died in 2011.
The Tough Mudder saw the men face obstacles including scaling massive walls, crawling through muddy water under barbed wire, submerging themselves in a skip full of ice, negotiating a pool with dangling electrified wires and walking the plank into 12ft of muddy water.
Business analyst Mr Dyke said: “It went really well. We enjoyed it so much that I couldn’t really say there was a worst bit.
“The electrocutions were funny. It doesn’t really hurt – it’s a shock.
“And actually the whole thing is about the mental attitude and that’s really what they promote in the event.
“Some of the obstacles are so big that you have to have help and have to have help from peole you’ve never met before.
“Now we can’t wait to get stuck into the next one.
“Our biggest challenge is Kilimanjaro and we’ve been training for months already. We’ve been going to Wales and climbing up mountains.
“I’m looking forward to doing all the events but I’m looking forward to when it’s all done in November and I can have a holiday.
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