New MP Owen is one ‘Tough Mudder’

Midlothian MP Owen Thompson completes the 2015 Tough Mudder event
Midlothian MP Owen Thompson completes the 2015 Tough Mudder event

Owen Thompson has followed his general election victory by completing a gruelling cross country challenge for the second consecutive year.

The recently-elected MP for Midlothian took part in ‘Tough Mudder’, a hardcore obstacle race designed by British Special Forces, in Dumfries on June 20.

The course tests participants with mental and physical challenges that include being immersed in ice, running through electric wires and clambering over walls and through tunnels.

The 37-year-old undertook the challenge to raise funds and awareness for local group Dynamic Dads, a part of the Sure Start Midlothian charity that helps local families.

Speaking after the challenge he said: “I met the Dynamic Dads group during the election campaign and I was really impressed by the work the group are doing to help and support dads, grandfathers and male carers in Midlothian and I immediately offered to do this year’s Tough Mudder for them.

“I’m happy to report that while bumped and bruised, I came through in one piece and hope this has helped raise the profile for the guys and generate a little additional funding for them.”

Last year Mr Thompson completed the course to raise funds for Children 1st, a charity that supports vulnerable children, young people and families. He has already tweeted that he plans to do the challenge again next year.

Speaking about the MP’s efforts, Tim Porteus of Dynamic Dads said: “Owen came to speak to the dads before the election, along with all the other candidates. He was going to bungee jump with us but realised he was doing the Tough Mudder on the same day. So he said he’d do it to raise the profile of the project and some funds. It is much appreciated. We followed his progress on twitter and as the dads were jumping he was Tough Muddering, all in the same cause: the vital work of Dynamic Dads.”