Sulzer spares special effort

 

Becca and James leap over burning obstacles
Becca and James leaping over burning obstacles

Recently, Simplex-Turbulo received an urgent enquiry for a customer whose ship was in dry dock awaiting vital Sulzer spare parts for its repair. With each day costing the customer more money, time was of the essence. This was a concept keenly understood by Simplex employee Becca Smith, who dedicated her time to locating the Sulzer parts, determined to get them to the customer before the ship’s time in dry dock ran out.

The customer said that Becca’s patience and concentration on the Sulzer job was “much appreciated”. This was a level of dedication you might not expect if you didn’t know what a determined person Becca can be in her spare time… 

Becca chest deep in freezing water
Becca chest deep in freezing water

Not many people dedicate hours of their lives training for one of the toughest races in the UK, but this is exactly what Becca did after her husband James surprised her with entry tickets for the ‘Tough Guy Nettle Warrior 2013’ challenge.

With only a two thirds finishing rate, and reports of two deaths and multiple broken bones over its history, this event is one you had best be prepared for.

Becca began training almost immediately, and on the day she contended with an 8km run before entering the ‘Killing fields’.  6 km of hazardous assault course, involving electrical hanging 

scaling one of the giant cargo nets
scaling one of the giant cargo nets

wires, fire pits, giant cargo nets, chest-deep stretches of water, barbed wire and as the name suggests, vast patches of stinging nettles – a particular species of which are known for their potent sting.

After braving the freezing waters, being electrocuted three times and overcoming some formidable obstacles, Becca crossed the line in a respectable three hours, feeling she “couldn’t walk another step,” but her determination and concentration of willpower had got her through yet another herculean task, deservedly earning her the finishers’ free glass of beer.

 

The finishers' free beer!
the finishers’ free beer!

 

Nettle Warriors in full muddy regalia
Nettle Warriors in full muddy regalia