XtremeSTORM hits Southport
THE XtremeSTORM event
was held on Saturday, 20 April 2013, all around Southport Beach,
Victoria Park and the Marine Lake. This endurance event, not
only tested those competing to their physical limits, but also
their mental ones. The course was more than your average
marathon and closer to a triathlon, as those brave enough to
take the challenge battled endurance obstacles, mental
challenges and also the cold water of Southport's Marine Lake.
The course was 18km long and had 35 obstacles which had been
specially built for the event by current and Ex-Military Forces
personnel. Our hats off to STORM Consultancy's Managing
Director, Jonathan Cunningham MBE, who came up with the idea for
this event, for putting on what he promised would be a fantastic
spectacle and advertisement for the town, for that is what he
delivered! For those watching it was exhausting too, as it was a
real whirlwind event trying to keep up with those taking part.
Yet somehow, some of the teams, who were doing it for charity,
managed not to lose their supporters as they shot along the
course, so I think some of the supporters should look at running
it themselves, if it is held next year! It might not have been a
competitive race, but the faces of those who completed the
course said it all, as they beamed in their achievements. Some
of the competitors made it harder still, as not content with
battling along a course that would make the SAS feel faint, they
also dressed in fancy dress! Mind you, we think Batman and Robin
might have taken the Joker's comment to heart:- "The only
sensible way to live in this world is without rules. And
tonight, you're going to break your one rule." Quite how
they managed to complete the course is a mystery, but they did
and at lightning speed! Let's hope this event returns in 2014,
as it was truly impressive. Jonathan Cunningham MBE added that:-
"I would like to thank everyone involved for their support
and help in delivering what was a very successful event. I would
like to say thanks to you all (by name) on here, but the list is
far too long! It was such an impressive sight to see all those
who entered, pushing themselves to the very edge of their
physical and mental abilities and taking part for personal
glory. It is a fantastic achievement by all those who raced
around the course and completed in it. They are true athletes!"
Luckily, if you did not see this event, or like us,
found it far too hard to get around and photograph all the
amazing challenges, then you will be pleased to know that it
will be on TV very soon! The event was being filmed by both Sky
Sports and British Euro Sport, along with the Discovery Channel,
plus Channel 4. The main TV show on Channel 4 will be called
XtremeSTORM and will premier on 12 May 2013.
We hope you enjoy our
photographs that we have taken, and they can be located clicking
now!!! Also to find out more about
the event, why not read our report in last week's
issue and also take a look
at the events
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