Dominic Duggan is Master of Gravesham Lodge No.5337. On waking up one morning not so long ago it suddenly occurred to him that his fiftieth birthday was just around the corner. “Time to do something really different while I still can,” he thought: so he went online and booked himself on to a 10km Tough Mudder. As you do.
According to Wikipedia, “Tough Mudder is an endurance event series in which participants attempt ten-to-twelve-mile-long obstacle courses. It was co-founded by Will Dean and Guy Livingstone. The obstacles often play on common human fears, such as fire, water, electricity and heights”.
Hmm. Did that put doughty Dominic off? Not a bit of it! This would be his first-ever obstacle course, let alone a long-distance run – and in early October 2021 he successfully completed this self-imposed challenge. During the gruelling run he kept asking himself why he was there, cold, wet and tired – and also pondered why, if he was doing it, he hadn’t thought of being sponsored.
Just over a month later, around the date of his fiftieth birthday, our hero revisited his earlier inspiration and booked himself on to another event. This one was called the Dirty Rotten Scramble.
“A series of brutal (but FUN!) homegrown OCR‘s and Trail Runs designed to push you to the absolute limit.” Dirty Rotten Scramble (scrambleevents.co.uk)
OCR: that’s Obstacle Course Race. It sounded just the ticket.
The Event will take place on Saturday 25th June 2022 at Hole Park Estate, Rolvenden, Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 4JA. Dominic’s nineteenth wedding anniversary is only three days later. No doubt his wife Joanne is thrilled about that!
This time Dominic is planning things in far more detail. As for sponsorship, he has asked the East Kent Province’s Communications Team to help him promote his challenge, which will be exclusively in aid of the Province’s 2025 Festival. He will hand all the money he raises to one of the 2025 Festival’s Executive Team at a future Lodge meeting.
Would you like to support Dominic and the 2025 Festival?
Here’s the link to our intrepid hero’s Just Giving page. He’s hoping that both individuals, Lodges and Chapters will contribute and help the Province towards its fundraising target – a whopping £3.5 million.