Freezing water, no sleep and pits of mud ... and they can’t get enough of it!

Steven is pictured (left) in his Torrance back garden with Grant and some of their training equipment.
Steven is pictured (left) in his Torrance back garden with Grant and some of their training equipment.

CRAZY cousins Steven Snowdon and Grant Chisholm are set to travel to the USA to take part in one of the world’s toughest sporting events.

Steven (21), from Torrance, and Grant Chisholm (26) will take part in The World’s Toughest Mudder contest in New Jersey next month.

Mudders are extreme obstacle courses which combine long-distance running and negotiating a variety of tough stumbling blocks - everything from tanks of water and pits of mud to tyre tunnels and greased monkey bars.

Steven only became aware of the energy-sapping races earlier this year and ran his first mudder in Dumfries in July - when both he and his cousin qualified for the New Jersey event by finishing in the top five per cent of runners. They also raised over £1,000 for Cancer Research.

He told the Herald: “Grant first heard about it through a friend and when we went online and looked at at a video we just thought ‘that’s for us’. I’m really into fitness and it was something which was unlike anything else I’d done.

“The Dumfries mudder was a 13-mile course with all sorts of obstacles. It was really gruelling and after it I was ready for my bed.

“One of the first obstacles was called the Arctic Enema - a massive container filled with water and chunks of ice which you have to jump into and swim through. I’ve never been so cold in my life.”

But the Dumfries challenge is small fry compared to the New Jersey event - where competitors will navigate a 10-mile course with 40 obstacles as many times as they can in a 24-hour period.

The runners will have to battle against freezing temperatures, sleep deprivation and a whole new selection of fiendish obstacles - all while wearing a wet suit to keep hypothermia at bay.

The victor will bag the title of World’s Toughest Mudder 2012, as well as a cheque for $15,000.

Steven said: “The winner last year did seven laps. I’m not saying we’ll be able to do that, but we’re certainly not going all that way to not try our best to win.

“There’s a pit area you set up a tent in. After each lap it’s up to you whether you want to go and do another one immediately or stop to have a rest or something to eat. I think last year’s winner only stopped once for a three hour sleep so that’s the sort of thing you’re being asked to do.”

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