Competitors take on nettle course
Published 25/07/2010 | 19:32
More than 2,500 competitors from across Britain and beyond have battled through muddy water and 7ft-high nettles to conquer what is billed as the country's toughest assault course.
The Nettle Warrior event at Perton, near Wolverhampton, attracted entrants from around the world, including a man from Nepal and other contestants from California, Belgium, Germany, and Azerbaijan.
Many of those attacking the eight-mile course were wearing fancy dress, while one man opted to tackle the nettles wearing just a thong.
Event organiser Billy Wilson believes the annual event and its sister contest Tough Guy are so popular because they allow people to push themselves to the limit and confront their fears.
He told the Press Association: "It's not a race, it's an event - it's for people to come and challenge the Tough Guy course. Everybody here is a winner."