Bring on the mud! Agents take on ‘Born Survivor’ for a good cause

In a moment of madness that to this day still baffles us, 11 brave and courageous Agents joined forces with the personal trainers from Primal Training Club and the amazing team (and some of the performers!) from Rare Studio to complete Born Survivor.

We did this for two incredibly important reasons. The first was to raise money for Rare Trust, Rare Studio’s charity, which provides talented and hardworking students access to world-class training regardless of the personal financial circumstances that they may find themselves in. We also wanted to raise awareness of something that is very close to us – the Tyred campaign.

On Saturday 12 May, over 50 of us made our way to Capesthorne Hall to take on the 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) run, with over 30 military obstacle courses along the way, as well as a lot of mud.

Our MD, Paul, having the time of his life in the mud!

It’s fair to say that some of us will never be the same again after that experience, but we’re thrilled to say that every single one of us was able to complete the course! In between the running, the obstacles and the mountain of mud, we were able to have a lot of fun, get to know each other a bit better and come together as a team to get through the trickier obstacles.

Here’s what some of the Agents thought of the day…

“We were all looking at the pictures on the Born Survivor website, assuming they were strategically staged – no one can get that muddy, right? Wrong. Absolutely amazing experience, getting filthy with beautiful people, raising money for a fantastic charity.”
– Rick Blundell

“Team spirit got me through! It’s amazing how much strength and energy the people around you give. I had such a laugh and never imagined I would have climbed a 20ft wall or swam in a bog before I was actually doing it. I’m so proud of us all.”
– Zoe Wallace

“As the day approached I was honestly dreading it. With little training and never doing anything like this before the nerves really did start to kick in, but once I was over the first round of mud I was fine! I’d urge anybody to do something like this if you have the chance. Not only for fun, but the team building was amazing too. Our group was mostly members of Agent and we supported and encouraged each other the whole way around. Such a brilliant day!”
– Jay Shaw
“Born Survivor was probably one of the hardest, yet funniest, things I’ve ever done. I’m so proud of all of us for completing it, raising money for the Rare Trust and raising awareness for a campaign as important as Tyred.”
– Ben Dalton

You can check out a ‘highlights’ video and some more pictures of our day at Born Survivor below. There’s still time to donate to our JustGiving page – every penny will be going to the amazing people at the Rare Trust, so please be generous!

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