Australian Mudder Challenge 2012

Founded in 2009 by Will Dean and Guy Livingstone, is designed by British Special Forces and consists of a unique 10 to 12 mile trail run over rugged terrain, featuring steep inclines, water hazards and military-style obstacles testing one’s toughness, fitness, strength, stamina, mental grit and teamwork.

And who is mad enough for this tortuous challenge? Ross Bradshaw and Luke Marten from Melbourne!

Ross and Luke have been close buddies since they have been Tomas’ age and like young Tomas, they are very determined to tackle any tough mudder challenge that comes their way. That must be the Aussie way!

Quote from Ross :
“I have started my training, but I am not quite sure what type of training would be sufficient to prepare us for such a gruelling course. I am most looking forward to running through fire and can’t wait to see Luke’s face going through the electrocution obstacle! It makes it even more worthwhile that money raised is going towards Tomas’s medical care which helps him overcome his everyday obstacles” says 32 yr old Rosco. 

Quote from Luke :

‘I have been raising my training schedule so i can eventually run 15 Km’s and have doing more general strength work at the gym . I have no doubt that i will be in top shape by the event. I am glad that i can do something for such a worthwhile cause’

To donate, either press the donate button on the right hand side and donate via PayPal or alternatively you can directly email Cheri (Ross´s fiance) on :  .

Please put a reference with your donation to say where it has come from for ourselves to reply to you and thankyou personally.


Here are some more facts about this unusual hair raising challenge:
FACT #2 – Mudders do not take themselves too seriously.
Triathlons, marathons, and other lame-ass mud runs are more stressful than fun. Not Tough Mudder. As hardcore as our courses are, we meet you at the finish line with a pint, a laugh, and a live band. It’s pretty hard to take yourself seriously when you’re covered in mud and have just finished an obstacle called ‘Just The Tip’, so please don’t show up at a Tough Mudder without a sense of humor.

FACT #3 – You cannot complete a Tough Mudder course alone.

To get through mud, fire, ice-water, and 10,000 volts of electricity you’ll need teammates to pick you up when your spirits dip. To get over 3 m walls and through underground mud tunnels, you’ll need teammates to give you a boost and a push. Tough Mudders are team players who make sure no one gets left behind. To that end, all Mudders are expected to uphold our ideals and exhibit teamwork and camaraderie both on the course and off it. All participants are asked to recite the Tough Mudder pledge before starting each event

Tough Mudder courses feature a variety of obstacles, many of which require teamwork to overcome. Some examples include:

  1. Ball Shrinker – traverse ropes stretched across a pond
  2. Berlin Walls – climb over walls made of wooden planks
  3. Boa Constrictor – crawl through dark tunnels
  4. Braveheart Charge – participants run down the mountain
  5. Cliff Hanger – a rocky climb up the top of the mountain
  6. Death March – steep climb up one of the ski slopes
  7. Devil’s Beard – crawl through low cargo nets
  8. Electroshock Therapy – run through live electric wires
  9. Fire Walker – Run through flaming bales of hay
  10. Funky Monkey – swing across monkey bars over cold water
  11. Greased Lightning – slide down a steep hill into the pond and swim back out
  12. Hold Your Wood – participants pick up and run with heavy wooden logs
  13. Jocks on the Rocks – jump into a pit of mud and ice
  14. Killa Gorilla – run up and down a steep hill ten times
  15. Kiss o’Mud – participants crawl on their bellies through mud under low wire
  16. School of Tough Knocks – climb up and over an old school bus with ropes stretched across it
  17. Swamp Stomp – run through deep mud
  18. Sweaty Yeti – scramble through snow
  19. Texas Smokehouse – run through a wooden structure filled with smoke and mud
  20. The Gauntlet – Go up a steep ski slope while being sprayed by high-pressure hoses
  21. Twinkle Toes – walk across a narrow board over a river or pond
  22. Underwater Tunnels – swim underneath barrels held on the surface of the water
  23. Walk the Plank – jump off planks into a pond
  24. Monster Chase – participants run after a monster truck for each start wave
  25. Chernobyl Jacuzzi – participants climb into and out of one of three lined dumpsters containing icy water and colored dye
  26. Hay Bale Pyramid/Texas Bale Bonds – Climb over mounds of straw
  27. Everest – run up a steep, slick ¼ pipe structure covered in oil
  28. Chain Gang – a hill approximately 30’ tall by which the participants are forced to create a human chain to ascend a steep muddy slope with a low sloped downgrade exit.
  29. Nature’s Pocket – descend into 25′ of underground tunnels
  30. Smoke Chute – Climb 15′ to a 5′ free fall into a 1/4 pipe slide.


2 Responses to Australian Mudder Challenge 2012

  1. Geoff and Colleen Marten says:

    We have just made a donation of 25 pounds for Tomas
    (Confirmation number: 0A104614X9852940Y)
    Our son is Luke Marten and we committed ourselves to a donation if he made it through to the finish of the Tough Mudder – and he did!!! – and in one piece!! – notwithstanding a few aches and pains.
    We have known Ross since he was about 5 years old when he and Luke were in the same class at primary school
    We have also met Cheri and Ross couldn’t have a nicer girl for a fiance
    We wish all the best for Tomas and all the family in the future
    Geoff and Colleen Marten

    • jonleighton says:

      Hi Geoff and Colleen,
      First of all thankyou for putting a comment on this page, and secondly and more so for your kind donation to the Tomas Leighton Care Charity. Every penny counts in what we are doing and hopefully one day we will personally say thankyou with Tomas in your company
      Once again a BIG thankyou from us and hugs from Tomas x

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