MIDDLE age has done nothing to slow down Terang mates Gerard Harris and Nick Roberts.
Harris, 46, and Roberts, 44, will be among thousands who will converge on the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit for the world-renowned Tough Mudder this weekend.
They are part of an eight-strong contingent from Terang, while dozens of others from across the south-west will brave the increasingly popular event.
Tough Mudder asks competitors to complete a gruelling 20-kilometre obstacle course, designed by British Special Forces.
The course tests strength and stamina but also team work, camaraderie and mental strength.
Harris and Roberts committed to the event months ago, having been “talked into it” by Craig Irving, who is organising the Terang contingent.
But they have since embraced the challenge, training regularly at the Terang Fitness and Wellbeing Centre.
“It looks pretty gruelling, so we thought we’d better do something to get ready for it,” Roberts said.
“It has been really good in the gym. We are doing our own thing, mainly on the rowing machine, the bike and the treadmill. We’re definitely feeling a bit fitter for it.”
The two men will make their Tough Mudder debuts this weekend but won’t be short of advice about how to approach the event.
Another Terang competitor, Cate Watt, completed the courses in January and has put her hand up for a second crack.
“I did it in January and got around in just under three hours,” she said.
“It wasn’t too bad and it’s great as a motivational event to get fit.”