Isle of Man: DQ Takes Tough Mann Challenge
Last Updated: 15 August 2014

On Saturday 2 August 2014, the second annual Tough Mann Adventure Challenge took place at Ballaugh in the Isle of Man. Some 518 entrants, from as far away as Cyprus and the Channel Islands, signed up for the event which saw competitors taking part individually and in teams of three; running, walking and crawling through the 10 kilometres "Dragon's Head" course.

Competitors tackled their way over 25 obstacles which included: jumping over abandoned cars; a monster 2 kilometre hill climb at the start of the race; clambering over hay bales; under cargo nets and through muddy bogs. Other "delightful" obstacles included the Rope Scramble, The Beast (one of two large wall structures that competitors had to haul themselves over), and the Mud Spa. If that wasn't enough, competitors became tangled in the woods whilst they traversed the course and, within the last 500 metres, encountered the Monkey Bars and the Ice Dips, all before crossing the finishing line.

Two brave member of team DQ Leanne McKeown and Mark Dougherty successfully completed the Tough Mann course and found that it was an enormous personal challenge, both physically and mentally. Obviously, as evidenced from the smiling "after" photo, both Mark and Leanne thoroughly enjoyed the experience, so much so that they both seem keen to compete in Tough Mann 2015!

The event raised considerable awareness for its chosen charity, The Children's Centre, and Leanne was successful in raising over £500 for the charity and the Manx Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals.

Hopefully next year DQ will enter a team or two...!

For those doubting how difficult the event is click here to watch this video clip!

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