Over the last six years Bridlington gym owner Steve Tighe has taken part in the most exhausting and extreme event – The World’s Toughest Mudder – four times
This year will be very different as his right-hand man and good friend Peave Bellerby, who sadly died of cancer in February at the age of 55, will not be there to encourage Steve.
Steve will take part in the World’s Toughest Mudder 2019 on 16th November in Atlanta, Georgia, USA in memory of Peave. The training regime is gruelling, but Steve says he is in the best physical shape he has ever been for the event.
Says Steve: “The biggest difference this time is the whole Peave factor. His death has set me off on a training mission like never before and I am absolutely flying right now.”
Peave and his wife Dawn sponsored Steve for every event,as one of the main sponsors for all four World’s Toughest Mudders.
“The fact that I am doing this for Peave has made it a very personal journey for me and it’s completely changed my training ethos.” added Steve.
Thought to be the toughest event on the planet, the 24 hour endurance race sees the entrants run as many laps as possible of a five mile supercharged obstacle course over 24 hours. Within that there are approximately 25 obstacles per lap, including cliff jumps, electric shocks and swims. “It’s not been about winning it for me. However, I know I can get up among the top 10 people in the world and this year I have an added incentive and a strength of mind that I feel will get me there.”
Steve still needs sponsorship with the fixed costs at around £2,500. Everything above and beyond the corporate sponsorship he receives goes straight into the fundraising for Peave. In the last four events he has raised between £25,000 and £30,000 for charity, but is hoping to raise £20,000 alone this year and he will be dividing the sponsorship between Candlelighters and Cancer Research UK.
Another reason Steve is happy to raise money in the fight against cancer is that the disease has affected members of his own family. His Aunt Frances and Uncle Michael both died of cancer and his Mum Jennifer is currently battling against breast cancer, but he says she is doing amazingly well.
Steve has previously held fundraising events for Breast Cancer and his previous World’s Toughest Mudder challenges have seen him raise thousands of pounds for Alzheimer’s, another charity close to his heart, as his Dad and hero Roger Tighe sadly suffers from this other cruel disease. “I just want to do this last one for Peave and for everybody else who has friends or family members who are suffering from cancer,” says Steve.
This will be the fifth time that Steve has competed in this event. His best placing to date is eleventh in the world, but he knows that he can beat it this year due to the ‘Peave factor’.