Gruelling challenge for Bourne Mudders from Eastbourne

The Bourne Mudders at the finish line
The Bourne Mudders at the finish line

A team of six friends from Eastbourne dubbed the Bourne Mudders took on the gruelling Tough Mudder endurance course last month.

Littered with up to 30 obstacles featuring deep water, 10ft walls and electroshock therapy ‘team’ definitely was the ethos at the core of completing the 10-12 mile Tough Mudder Midlands.

After months of training the Bourne Mudders, Eastbourne rugby players Matthew 
Pysden, Nathan Ring and Gavin Farley along with Nicky Pysden, Hollie Farley and Jesse 
Betts took on the challenge to raise money for You Raise Me Up.

Matthew Pysden said, “Knowing the founders of You Raise Me Up so well, it is a charity close to all our hearts.”

The You Raise Me Up charity was founded by Fraser and Jane Brooks in June 2011 following the sudden loss of their daughter Megan.

The charity’s sole purpose is to raise funds to support families that have suffered the loss of an adult child between the age of 16 and 25.

Matthew said, “The charity does so much for local families, offering support and guidance and truly understanding the devastating loss of the families they support.

“Training was really tough but we all enjoy being active and were up for the challenge, we were determined to complete every obstacle and as a team we did it!”

“The sense of achievement was fantastic but also knowing we were raising money for such a worthy cause made every aching muscle worthwhile!”

The team has raised more than £1,000, but would love to collect more cash.

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