US army veteran in Bromley preparing for ‘Electroshock Therapy’ and ‘Arctic Enema’ challenges

PUBLISHED: 13:15 02 January 2014 | UPDATED: 13:15 02 January 2014

Aaron German training for his challenge

Aaron German training for his challenge


A US Army veteran plans to complete all 16 of the gruelling Tough Mudder events in the UK this year.

If Aaron German succeeds he will be the first to do so.

He tried one of the Tough Mudder events last year. Part of it involved running through a field of live electrical wires – an experience “like being hit in the shoulders with hammers”.

This year the 32-year-old, of Kingsway, West Wickham, plans to complete all 16 events – a feat no one has yet achieved.

One man tried last year but had to drop out at the 12th.

“I’d planned on doing just two or three, but I thought: ‘Why stop there? Let’s try and do all of them’,” Aaron said.

The Tough Mudder is a 12-mile, military-style obstacle course designed by Special Forces.

In each event, contestants face about 25 obstacles with names like Electroshock Therapy, Everest and Arctic Enema.

Aaron, who was in the US Army for eight years, is doing this for the Help for Heroes charity.

“I have seen the work they do,” Aaron said. “For someone who served for three years in Iraq, and who has close friends who have lost limbs and their lives, it is very close to home.”

The events are held over six months and start in April. Aaron began his preparation two months ago, training before work every day and then “going heavy” at the weekend. He will have to continue this way until the final event.

He said: “Barring catastrophic injury, I have every confidence I will give it my 100 per cent.

“Whatever happens, I feel it’s nothing compared with what the soldiers who I’m raising money for go through.

“If they can handle losing limbs, then bumps and bruises are nothing.”

Aaron was inspired to attempt the feat after quitting his 20-year smoking habit 12 months ago.

Despite his service in the army, he said the first week after giving up was “one of the toughest of my life”.

“Once I did that, I felt like I could do anything,” he added.

Sarah Harvey, a spokesman for Tough Mudder, said: “It’s a bit mad, but it’s a brilliant challenge. The hardest part will be recovering after each event.”

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