ARARAT - A determined group of 12 Ararat residents got down and dirty when they took part in the gruelling Melbourne Spring Tough Mudder event.
The 'Mud Rats' competed in the annual event described as 'the premier obstacle course series in the world'.
The team consisted of Eve McCarron, Nelfe Blackie, Annette Manning, Sarah Moran, Sue Blizzard, Matt Brady, Todd Greene, Mark Watson, Ian McCready, Dick Treacy, Mark Bielby and Ant Mair.
Tough Mudder events are hardcore 18-20 kilometre obstacle courses designed to test a person's all around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. Only 78 percent of entrants successfully complete each challenge.
Participant Eve McCarron said the group took part in a range of obstacles with each person having their own fears to conquer during the course.
"We each had a fear we had to face, for me it was jumping off a seven metre high plank, because heights are something I struggle with," she said.
A good aspect of the event is that it requires you have a team to enter, a group of people to support you through the mud, fire, ice-water, and 10,000 volts of electricity.
"You need to have a good team, we did with tall and strong guys, and that made for an amazing experience," she said.
"I think all of us grew as individuals and gained confidence to do things we wouldn't ordinarily have done."
Ms McCarron said despite having people quip in the lead up to the event that you needed to be fit, she found that wasn't exactly the case.
"You don't have to be super fit, you just have to have the drive the determination to get to the finish line and when you do and you know you have completed all obstacles the feeling is something very special," she said.
Ms McCarron said the group found the electric eel literally very painful while some of the other obstacles they were faced with included the boa constrictor, cage crawl, devils beard, dirty ballerina and Mount Everest.