This blogpost was written in celebration of upcoming release of It Takes A Tribe: Building The Tough Mudder Movement written by Tough Mudder CEO and Founder Will Dean.
Mark Holloway MBE may well be our most highly decorated Mudder and in 2016 Mark completed an impressive 85 miles, finishing in 12th plave overall at World's Toughest Mudder.
Mark's Tough Mudder Journey
Mark's journey to Mudder greatness and an MBE (we know which one we think is more important) has found it's place in Mudder history.
In 2011, while on his third tour of Afghanistan with the The Rifles Mark was injured by an IED. Written down that makes a simple sentence, but there was nothing simple about the life-changing injuries that Mark suffered. The explosion had ripped through his radial artery, and damaged the nerves and tendons in his arm and wrist. He feared amputation, knowing that it would end his military career.
Mark kept his arm, but as he worked with physiotherapists to regain strength and movement he was told we would never have the same ability he once had. Of course he had to prove them wrong.
Having been inspired by US Mudder Noah Galloway and the injured Servicemen and Women he met in the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in Birmingham, as well as the help he received from the charity - Mark decided to start raising money for Tough Mudder UK charity partner Help for Heroes.
His first event was Tough Mudder North West, where alongside his brother he raised £5000.
With a natural competitive streak and a hunger for more Mudder action Mark set his sights on World's Toughest Mudder which he has now run multiple times.
A Royal Honour
Earlier this year Mark's determination to give back received the highest possible reward - he was awarded Member of the British Empire (MBE) by the Queen and in July he travelled to Scotland to receive his medal.
Mark's story can be found in It Takes A Tribe: Building The Tough Mudder Movement the upcoming book by Tough Mudder Founder and CEO Will Dean, alongside stories of some of Mudder Nation's most inspirational stories.