Town gives Tough Mudder duo a fantastic £5,000 send-off

Sponsors' send-off: Steve Tighe and Steph Clappison with sponsors Dawn Bellerby of the Nail and Beauty Bar, Paul Bellerby of PB Roofing , Damian Hodgson of The Art Depot and Julie and Les Dyl of Rags Restaurant.
Sponsors' send-off: Steve Tighe and Steph Clappison with sponsors Dawn Bellerby of the Nail and Beauty Bar, Paul Bellerby of PB Roofing , Damian Hodgson of The Art Depot and Julie and Les Dyl of Rags Restaurant.

A local couple have flown out to tackle the world’s most gruelling obstacle race, knowing they have already banked around £5,000 for two charities.

Steve Tighe and Steph Clappison boarded a plane to Las Vegas yesterday morning, ahead of this weekend’s World’s Toughest Mudder challenge.

That will see them try to complete as many laps in 24 hours of a course in the desert that features obstacles such as electric shocks, lake swims and fire.

As part of their fund-raising for Help For Heroes and The Alzheimer’s Society, they collected £2,000 at a Burpee Mile on the clifftops on Sunday, and a further £1,755 at the fireworks display at The Ship Inn at Sewerby last week.

“The amount from The Ship was really impressive and we were very pleased with it because we took £1,020 last year,” said Tighe, who runs Blast Fitness.

The Burpee Mile saw eight teams from Blast complete a relay of continuous burpee exercises.

That raised £1,000, a sum which was match funded by Barclays Bank.

Tighe said: “We went at a steady pace and arrived at the coastguard station so that all those involved, and the friends and family who had come to support us, could observe a silence for Remembrance Day, which was very emotional.”

Tighe finished in the top 50 of the Tough Mudder race last year, but this is his partner’s first attempt.

“Physically we are ready and mentally we are prepared. We have done a lot of work this year and Steph has been brilliant. She has pushed herself when she needed to and rested when she had to because of injuries.

The race starts on Saturday afternoon with updates available from the Race Results 360 app. You can donate on Tighe’s Virgin Giving web page.