Leighton’s tough mudders go for broke in Las Vegas

Des Crinion and Ciaran Dorrity

Des Crinion and Ciaran Dorrity

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One thing you can definitely say about people from Leighton Buzzard is that they know how to up the ante to raise money for charity.

Childhood friends Ciaran Dorrity and Des Crinion have completed 20 gruelling events since January, running more than 500 miles, for charities The Wooden Spoon Society and Action This Day.

Ciaran, 29, said: “We threw it out to friends. They all knew we were planning to do something and the list just kept being added to. It started at about ten and if anyone said an event, we added it!”

The pair, who originally hail from County Meath in Ireland, will be facing their toughest challenge on November 15 when they particpate in the Toughest Mudder contest in Las Vegas.

Based on physical training exercises developed by British Special Forces , the events take place around the world, with the Las Vegas final – a 24-hour obstacle course – the toughest of them all.

Talking about the gruelling challenge, Ciaran said: “We’ve been training all year, so I’m not too worried. My mum is definitely concerned, but everyone has been all for it.”

Their chosen charities are close to pair’s hearts. Ciaran’s friend is a director of Action This Day, which fights poverty in Kenya, and 30-year-old Des, who plays rugby for Ealing, chose rugby’s own charity Wooden Spoon. Wooden Spoon was famously set up by dismayed English rugby fans after a defeat in 1983. They were tossed a wooden spoon in a Dublin pub as consolation, which they used as the emblem for a rugby players’ charity supporting schools.

To sponsor Ciaran and Des, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/DesAndCiaran