Team Ogilvy London vs Tough Mudder UK

“We came. We saw. We kicked its ass.”

Tough-Mudder

Saturday, October 5th – my Ogilvy colleagues and I completed the Tough Mudder North West challenge. 12 miles. 25 obstacles. One amazing feat.

Back in May, I started working with Ogilvy & Mather London Advertising on the Expedia UK account. The team were awesome and welcomed me with open arms. However, as an official member, I was told that I would have to join them in their Tough Mudder.

30mins later (after much heckling and also the clincher comment ‘James, it isn’t a race – it’s about TEAM BUILDING’ – I’m such a sucker for that stuff), this happened –

Turns out the best date we could all do it wasn’t in September after all. It was today. And guess what? We nailed it.

WINNERS

— Briony, me, Amelia, Harriet, Stephen and Joey —

There was blood. There was mud. There was euphoria. We climbed 12ft walls, we ran through electric cables, and we plunged ourselves into ice – and that is very much not even the half of it.

So far, we’ve raised just over £800 £1000(!) for Action on Bladder Cancer, the charity of choice of the Expedia UK marketing team, and there’s also (perhaps somewhat delirious) talk of making TM an annual Ogilvy event too – amazing.

If you’d like to sponsor me, or anyone else on my team, then you can do that on our dedicated sponsorship page (please do, even if it’s only a couple of quid it’d be appreciated).

I think I have a longer, more meandering post about how much of a personal achievement I feel this is (given that I only started running back in January), but that can wait for another day.

In the meantime, I’m headed home for a very long bath and while I do that, you’re going to sponsor me, right?

 

UPDATE: Photos now up on Flickr.

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5 thoughts on “Team Ogilvy London vs Tough Mudder UK”

  1. yes, i sponsored you! i read about Tough Mudder in a book called Happy Money, which discussed how it’s not just about the obstacle course but about it being a valuable experience in teamwork
    and camaraderie. the picture in your post seems to confirm this, well done!

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    James Whatley Reply:

    Hey Bushra, I clocked your sponsorship earlier – thank you for that! 🙂

    You’re totally right about the experience/teamwork element. We went as a six person team, and we finished as a six person team. But throughout the entire course you’re looking out for your fellow Mudders, and helping them too. Whether it’s pulling a stranger out of a particular sticky mud pit, or leaping up into the arms of a stranger at the top of the Everest wall run – all of it is about teamwork.

    And it’s AWESOME.

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