Wellingborough friends take on Tough Mudder to help charities.

Hannah Bird and friends tackling Tough Mudder in Gloucestershire
Hannah Bird and friends tackling Tough Mudder in Gloucestershire

Three Wellingborough friends who fundraised for charities close to their hearts have been overwhelmed by the support they have received.

Hannah Bird, her cousin Denae McGowan and friend Danny King challenged each other to compete in the notorious Tough Mudder event to raise money for the charities which helped members of their families.

Cousins Hannah, 20, and Danae, 24, wanted to help the charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research as a tribute to the care their granddad Alan Church received.

A Finedon painter and decorator Mr Church now 74 was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2003.

After several years of treatment he made a full recovery so the courageous cousins decided it was time to help the organisation.

It was Danae who first suggested the idea of a fundraiser to her work colleague Danny whilst working at their jobs for a local electrical supplier.

Since 23-year-old Danny’s mum had been treated at Cransley Hospice before her death, he chose to raise funds for the Kettering based hospice.

After dismissing ideas of parachute jumps and sky diving Danae and Danny got Hannah involved who proposed that they take part in Tough Mudder.

Tough Mudder a gruelling obstacle course designed to test both physical strength and mental determination and is run over half marathon distance.

Student Hannah booked the trio to take part in Tough Mudder in Gloucestershire but unfortunately Danae was involved in a collision with a car a month before the event.

Whilst putting her 4-year-old daughter into a car seat the taxi into which she was getting in drove off, crushing her foot.

Although no bones were broken ligaments in her foot were badly damaged leaving her bandaged and unable to walk - let alone run the 11.1km course.

Undeterred, Hannah and Danny still volunteered to take on one of the world’s toughest endurance events.

Hannah said: “The worst obstacle was the Arctic Enema, a huge slide topped with chicken wire to stop you from sitting upright which plunged you into a pool of freezing, icy water.

“There were tyres above your head to make you keep low but it was so awful I had to be hoisted out which was for my own safety.”

She added: “ It was fantastic when we finished because my family were there to cheer us on including my granddad who watched us cross the line.

“I saw his face at the end and he was very proud, he said ‘bloody hell gel, it’s tough!’”