19 Nov

Sergeant Mark Hangs Tough In Desert Storm

Mark Holloway after completing the Toughest Mudder in Las Vegas

Lancashire’s Mark Holloway, a 29-year-old platoon sergeant who survived a serious IED blast in Afghanistan in 2011, placed 13th and top amongst fellow UK competitors, at the World’s Toughest Mudder earlier this month (12/13 November). Holloway completed 85 miles at the gruelling 24-hour event staged in the Las Vegas desert.

For the third year, nearly 1,500 runners flocked to the shores of Lake Las Vegas to compete and watch what is considered one of the toughest obstacle races on the planet. Participants covered the five mile circuit over the course of 24 hours, which involved 21 obstacles, including The Cliff (a 35 foot jump into Lake Las Vegas at night) and Giant Wedgie (35 foot cargo net climb), plus the unpredictable desert weather conditions and the cold waters of Lake Las Vegas as day turned to night.

This year’s event saw racers from nearly 20 countries and five continents around the globe compete and battle for the title of World’s toughest man, woman and team, while others came to achieve their own goals.

Mark, who has previously competed at the World’s Toughest Mudder Course at New Jersey in 2013, followed by events at the Nevada desert course in 2014 and 2015, is a Help for Heroes ambassador. The 29-year-old was fundraising for the Las Vegas event, and has received more than £7,500 for his campaign.

Post-race Mark said: “The first six hours were very painful - I was in a really bad place. I had stomach upset and was cramping really bad in my legs and it was not until around halfway until I really started to operate.

“On the third to last lap I had all the symptoms of severe dehydration - I was weak, I was vomiting, disorientated and suffered for the whole lap. However from nowhere I had a second wind and blasted out two more laps taking me from 75 to 85 miles.”