MUMS have set themselves another gruelling challenge only days after completing a run through Manchester in sweltering summer sunshine.
Karen Rogers and mums who attend her fitness and nutrition sessions hope to have smashed their fundraising target after taking part in The Great Manchester Run.
They were bidding to raise £1,500 for St Luke’s Hospice by entering the 10-kilometre event, but could have hit the £2,000 mark when all the money is collected in.
The mums now have their sights set on the Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest event in Manchester on November 1.
The 10-kilometre event is described as an “urban assault course,” and a test of “stamina, grit, speed and guts.”
The course takes in Sport City, the Etihad Stadium, and features lots of mud, full-body dunkings in water and canal crossings.
“The mums were still euphoric after finishing The Great Manchester Run, and everyone was up for the survival event in November when I suggested it,” said Karen, from Kingsmead.
Karen runs Fit Mums Ltd, and the mums who entered the Manchester run attend her fitness and nutrition sessions at Hartford Cricket Club.
“It was a really hot day for the run, especially as we started at about midday,” said Karen.
“It was a lot warmer being in a city, there was no shade, and one of the challenges was trying to keep enough water on board to keep hydrated.
“It was a brilliant atmosphere, with lots of people coming out to offer their support.
“It was hard work, but there was a real sense of supporting each other and the camaraderie was fantastic.
“However it seems the run was not enough of a challenge for the mums, and at least 20 of them who attend my classes are up for the survival event.”
The group plan to take part in the event for charity, and will decide which organisation to support closer to the time.
Karen thanked everyone who supported the Great Manchester Run fundraiser, including family and friends, AMEC and the Guardian, with numerous donations being made online on the day of the run.