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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 6
ONE TOUGH MUDDER
Reading by name, all action by nature
Seasoned Tough Mudder competitor Jeremy Reading in training on the shores of Lake
Burley Griffin for his next endurance event in the Southern Highlands. Photo: Matt Bedford
He s a chess playing former
Beauty and the Geek winner
who is preparing to shoot
through a wall of fire, dive into
a freezing pit of water and
barrel through high-voltage
Jeremy Reading is making
his final preparations for the
Southern Highlands Tough
Mudder this weekend.
He has been warming up
with swims and runs in and
around Lake Burley Griffin.
Reading is no novice when it
comes to these bruising events.
"I ve actually been overseas
to do the world championships
in the United States, he said.
"I like the challenge. I ve
always done long distance
running and this is something a
bit different. Sometimes
straight running is a bit boring
It is the first time Tough
Mudder has come to the
Southern Highlands and
Canberrans are just 90 minutes
away from a world of pain.
The 18 kilometre obstacle
course challenge, designed by
British Special Forces to test
the all-round strength, stamina,
teamwork and camaraderie, is
arguably one of the world s
"A lot of the challenges can
be really tough by yourself so it
is good to have a team,
"There are a lot of different
obstacle races here in Australia
but Tough Mudder is one of the
hardest and longest.
Despite the difficulty of the
events he has always managed
to finish. Reading has entered
into the elite category and is
aiming for a top 10 result.
Although he always wants to
be in the first wave of Mudders,
he said the course was not just
for super-fit endurance athletes.
"I ve had friends that are
really overweight that haven t
done any running before,
"If you re in a team you can
go slow and steady and get to
the finish line.
"Anyone can do it, just give it
For more information, or to
Adrian Sheppard, Paul Veldkamp and Angie
Wren are raising money for Hartley Lifecare
by riding laps of Mt Ainslie to the equivalent
height of some of the world's tallest
Photo: Matt Bedford
Gruelling ride beckons
Like warriors on wheels, they will set off at
sunrise to tackle the ascent.
Everesting is a phenomenon which has swept
up plenty of cyclists eager to reach an ultimate
physical goal and climb 8848 metres, the
elevation gain of Mt Everest, all in one
Canberra cyclist Adrian Sheppard has
conquered the feat, riding 46 repetitions of Mt
Alongside dozens of cyclists from the Hartley
Lifecare team, he will put himself to the test next
weekend while attempting to reach iconic
The team hopes to raise $5000 on the day for
Hartley Lifecare, a Canberra-based organisation
which provides support and accommodation for
people with complex disabilities.
Avid cyclist Angie Wren last year reached
Mont Blanc height 4808m with 24 repetitions of
This year she is aiming for Mt Kilimanjaro or
higher with 30 repetitions.
Her son Jacob, 14, is autistic and volunteers
once a fortnight at Hartley Lifecare.
Riding for a cause close to home helped her to
dig deep, she said.
"It s hard to keep asking people for money but
this something really out of the ordinary," she
"It s a huge physical challenge but also a test
mentally heading up and down so many times in
Mr Sheppard, who knows the pain of making
the Everest climb, said each year he was never
sure if he would make it.
"We will all be riding for a good 12 hours," he
said. "Halfway in you are getting very tired and
you know you have hours of riding ahead of you."
Keeping up liquids and energy levels is vital
but Mr Sheppard said knowing that what he was
doing helped others got him through the ride.
"I am not a really tough guy and to finish it I
need the thought I am trying to accomplish it for
someone else," he said.
"A day of a little bit of suffering is extremely
worthwhile to help carers and clients of Hartley
Lifecare whose lives can be really tough."
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