Mudder success for gym duo

Tough mudder pair. Josh Whiteley and James Nuttall at Pure Gym, Halifax.

Tough mudder pair. Josh Whiteley and James Nuttall at Pure Gym, Halifax.

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A Sowerby Bridge fitness instructor tested his endurance levels when he was crowned winner of a special forces-designed obstacle course featuring freezing temperatures, electric shocks and under-water cages.

Twenty-two-year-old Josh Whiteley completed the 12-mile ‘Tough Mudder’ route in an impressive time of just one hour, 26 seconds and is now set to go stateside when he partakes in the World’s Toughest Mudder challenge next year.

Tough mudder duo Joshua Whiteley and James Nuttall

Tough mudder duo Joshua Whiteley and James Nuttall

Josh, who works at the Pure Gym in Halifax, said the course was challenging.

He said: “It was all different kinds of obstacles. One’s called an arctic enema - you had to swim under the water at about minus five, then there was electric shock cables you had to run through, walls that you had to climb through, monkey bars, underwater cages, barbed wire trenches.”

Josh added that he was impressed with his win. “It was awesome,” he said. “It felt great, genuinely I didn’t expect to win it.”

Josh said he’s only got fit recently and used to be much heavier.

He said: “Up until a few years back I used to weigh 17 and a half stone. I just got into running and that and that’s how I lost all my weight.”

Another personal trainer from Josh’s same gym also completed the mudder challenge. James Nuttall, 28, of Triangle came in at around 15th place despite limping from the fifth mile due to an injury. He said: “It is what it is, it’s Tough Mudder - it’s tough.”