Tighe signs up for 24-hour US challenge

Climbing through tyres is one of the easier obstacles Steve Tighe will face.
Climbing through tyres is one of the easier obstacles Steve Tighe will face.

A fitness fanatic and Bridlington gym owner has signed up to tackle the challenge of ‘the world’s toughest race’.

Having led a team round the first Yorkshire Tough Mudder course last month, Steve Tighe is heading to America in November for a 24-hour endurance marathon.

The Blast Fitness owner said watching his students complete the 12-mile assault course in the Yorkshire Dales inspired him to register for the incredibly gruelling event on the other side of the Atlantic.

He will also be raising money for Help For Heroes and Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Tighe said: “It is partly the physical and mental challenge, being an ex Marine, however, I mostly wanted to support the charities.

“I served with 40 Commando Royal Marines for almost six years and seeing people I served with come home injured from places like Iraq and Afghanistan, reminds me how grateful we all are every day to be able to do the simple things like walk to the shops or go for a run.

“I’m also fund-raising for Yorkshire Cancer Research as cancer has touched almost everyone at some stage.

“My aunt Francis Pugh and uncle Michael Tighe both passed away some years ago to this awful disease and more recently a close friend of my partner Stephanie Clappison suffered.

“The courage and bravery that all of these people displayed made it an easy decision, I can’t think of two more worthy causes.

“While training my gym members for the Yorkshire competition, I was inspired to push myself. Seeing their grit, determination and team spirit has raised the bar, and as far as I’m concerned the US competition is the ultimate challenge.”

The course will involve obstacles such as tunnels, ice baths and electric shocks, and competitors have to complete as many laps as possible in 24 hours.

Tighe is now on an eight-week countdown to the event, and along with an intense training schedule to prepare for the event and running his own business, he and his gym members are busy fundraising and securing sponsors.

The Nail and Beauty Secret in Driffield has already sponsored the £300 entrance fee to allow the effort to take place.

Lloyd Dowson has matched that pledge to pay for equipment and Tighe now has one of only 1500 places at the World’ toughest Mudder, which is held in Englishtown in New Jersey.

His Blast Fitness members will be sponsored to run the Bridlington Half Marathon on October 20 and the following weekend, Tighe is planning a Burpee Mile challenge with up to 20 teams competing.He is also planning fund-raising ideas around Bonfire Night.

It is a huge mental and physical challenge but Tighe said: “Having spent a huge portion of my military career as Marines and Navy Boxing Champion, I feel I have the mindset and determination needed to make this event a huge success.”