If he thought a life in politics was challenging, Midlothian Council’s leader Owen Thompson faces new demons this weekend.
Councillor Thompson (SNP) is taking part in the annual Tough Mudder Scotland event at Dalkeith Country Park.
The councillor will be battling an 11-mile obstacle course through the park grounds in aid of Children 1st.
The route will take in farmland, woodland, the River Esk and promises to be packed with thick mud.
The obstacles will include climbing walls and ropes, negotiating water and mud obstacles, and a few shocking areas with electric wires!
Councillor Thompson has set up a JustGiving page. If you would like to sponsor him, click here