Mike toughs it out for Troop Aid
By Trudi_B | Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 21:37
Engineer Mike Griffin tested himself to the limit when he completed a military-style assault course to help injured troops.
Mike wasn't afraid to get stuck in
Three miles to go and still going strong
Mike was still smiling at the finish line despite suffering with cramp along the way
Mike, 22, of Yate, near Bristol, clambered over 10ft walls, ran through ankle-deep mud, crawled face down under barbed wire and plunged into an ice bath as part of the challenge.
It took him just under two-and-a-half hours to get round the Tough Mudder course and so far he has raised £400 for Troop Aid - the charity that supports servicemen and women who have been injured in conflict.
Mike was inspired to sign up for the event after learning about the work of Troop Aid through his mum and dad, Debra and Clyde, whose Iron Acton company Bagsdirect (Wholesale) Ltd procures the charity's famous Grab Bags.
Injured personnel arriving home from war zones without any clothing or personal effects are given a bag filled with basic essentials such as a T-shirt, underwear, shorts, toiletries, a pen and paper. Troop Aid can also supply topped-up mobile phones, tracksuits and trainers.
Mike - a former medal-winning junior gymnast - embarked on a training regime of running and weight training in preparation for the Tough Mudder event in the Black Mountains of Wales.
He said: "I was pleased with my time, even though I had to rest a couple of times because of having cramp during the last three miles. Being in an ice bath up to my chest took it out of me a bit and I was aching quite a bit the next day. But I'd definitely do it again."
Mike, who also works part-time as a bar manager at Henry's Oriental restaurant in Chipping Sodbury, will continue fund raising until October 21. Anyone who would like to support him should log onto http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/troopaid_toughmudder
Grab Bags are currently sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham; field hospitals in Afghanistan, Cyprus and the Falkland Islands; UK MoD hospital units and the Headley Defence Medical Rehabilitation Unit, Surrey. Each bag costs £25 to supply and Troop Aid welcomes all donations.