Tom has completed a number of endurance events this year, including Ironman Wales, and has raised over £8,300 for the Wales Air Ambulance. He is raising funds for the charity in order to express gratitude to the Wales Air Ambulance crews who visited his grandfather’s home in Boncath, Pembrokeshire, twice before he died a few years later.
Tom will fly to Florida to participate in the 24-hour ultimate endurance test in Alabama in support of the Wales Air Ambulance.
It is a Grueling Event
The event, dubbed “the most extreme, imposing, pulse-pounding, heart-stopping 24-hour obstacle course challenge on the planet,” consists of completing as many five-mile laps as possible in 24 hours, with an average of 15 obstacles per lap. Tough Mudder obstacles include climbing through an ice skip, running through electric wires, and monkey bars, and climbing up a ladder with ice-cold water pouring down on competitors.
Tom, a consultant for a financial firm, has participated in more than 35 Tough Mudder events since his first challenge in 2015, and he says becoming the World’s Toughest Mudder has always been his goal.
“I’ve been a big fan of Tough Mudder since entering my first local race, and I was bitten by the bug and kept doing multiple events over the years,” he explained. The World’s Toughest Mudder has always been a bucket list challenge that requires both mental and physical strength to complete in 24 hours. My goal is to complete 10 laps (50 miles) in 24 hours, which I hope to accomplish. “I’m hoping the adrenaline will keep me going.”
The Motivation Behind his Effort for the Medical Flight Charity
Tom set himself the lofty goal of completing four major endurance events for the Wales Air Ambulance, a charity dear to his and his family’s hearts.
Godfrey Dobbins, his grandfather, required the Wales Air Ambulance after becoming ill in 2013 and again in 2014. Due to their rural location in Pembrokeshire, the only option available to him for urgent medical care was the air ambulance.
The University of South Wales graduate has raised more than £6,300 so far with his latest fundraiser, bringing his total donation to the Charity to more than £10,000, including gift aid, over the years.