Barnoldswick hospital worker to take part in extreme muddy challenge for charity (From Burnley and Pendle Citizen)
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Barnoldswick hospital worker to take part in extreme muddy challenge for charity
A HOSPITAL worker is set to tackle one of the world’s toughest challenges.
Nicola Riley, 44, faces 12 miles of mud, fire, ice water, 10,000 volts of electricity, as well as scaling 12-foot high walls and crawling through underground mud tunnels.
The ‘Tough Mudder’ challenge has been devised by elite soldiers from the Special Forces and takes place at Broughton Hall, near Skipton, this Sunday.
Nicola, from Barnoldswick, said: “Tough Mudder is billed as probably the toughest event on the planet and although most of its proceeds go to Help for Heroes, individuals are free to raise money for any charity they wish.
“Training has been difficult, particularly with the recent hot weather.
“I was roped into it by a former school friend and the team I’m doing it with are in Northumberland.”
The estates officer at Airedale Hospital will be raising money for the hospital’s £60,000 endoscopy appeal.
She took part in the 10k Great Manchester run in May 2012 for Cancer Research, but before that she struggled to run for more than five minutes.
She has worked for Airedale NHS Foundation Trust for almost 27 years and after being involved in developing the hospital’s new endoscopy unit, she decided that the department was in need of the most funding.
To help prepare for the challenge, Nicola has been training with the Keighley Cougars rugby league team.
“This is a really big physical challenge for me, I will be totally out of my comfort zone,” she said.
“I am mostly training on my own by running and doing some core exercises – but training with the Cougars will push me a bit further and hopefully convince me that I can do it.
“The players have given me real confidence to take on the mud, obstacles and electric shocks that will be on the terrain course.
“I am overwhelmed at the donations I have received from friends, family and staff. I’d like to thank them all.”
To donate to Nicola, visit her sponsorship page – www.justgiving.com/ Nicola-Riley1 or text your donation with the words Endo60 £5 to 70070.
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