Endurance enthusiast Steve Tighe has his eye on a top 10 finish as he prepares to tackle the planet’s most challenging race for a second time.
He finished 50th in the 2013 World’s Toughest Mudder, but he is looking to make a big improvements this time around.
But he won’t have his girlfriend Steph Clappison supporting him from the sidelines like last year - because she has decided to tackle the obstacle challenge alongside him.
Tighe, who runs Blast Fitness in Bridlington, said: “Last year, I came 50th, but that was with only eight weeks of preparation. This time I have done much more.
“I would like to think I could get into the top 10. I’m not saying it will definitely happen but I am a lot more confident. It’s going to be very hot during the day and very cold at night.”
This year’s event has moved from New Jersey to the desert of Las Vegas. Once again, runners have 24 hours to complete as many of the gruelling circuits as they can.
And after watching Tighe haul himself round the course 14 times last year, covering more than 70 miles, Clappison has decided to join in.
“She was my support crew last year but when she realised she had run about 30 miles alongside me through the night last year, she decided she wanted to try it for herself,” said Tighe. “She is not in it to win it, it is more about the sense of achievement.
“We’ve had season passes for the normal Tough Mudder events this year, so we have been all over the country as part of our training, racing in Yorkshire, Chester, the Midlands and London. I have completed nine already this year.
“We have also made our own obstacles through Blast Fitness and have been climbing walls on the seafront and jumping into the sea.”
That should come in handy as the new course in Vegas features a lake, and challengers will have to swim around 200m during every lap.
“I ran the beach lifeguards in Bridlington for three years so, although my finesse isn’t fantastic, I am a strong swimmer, which I am hoping may give me an advantage oer some of the other stronger runners,” added Tighe.
Lloyd Dowson have supported the couple so that they have the essential equipment to participate in the event.
Chairman David Dowson said “We want to support Steve and Steph with this challenge and by them having the correct equipment it will enable them to have the best chance to complete it successfully.”
Marketing manager Vanessa Rowbottom added: “All the team at Lloyd Dowson wish Steve and Steph good luck with the challenge and we look forward to hearing about their success when they return.”
The duo’s challenge will raise money for Help For Heroes and the Alzheimer’s Society.
Tighe said: “These charities are both important to me for personal reasons and The World’s Toughest Mudder seemed to be an ideal opportunity for us to raise money for them.”