3rd September 2013 – Cougars help Nicola to take on tough challenge for charity

Posted on September 3, 2013 by AireAdmin

Plucky Nicola Riley is training for Tough Mudder – an ambitious assault course – with help from Keighley Cougars.

The estates officer from Airedale Hospital is taking part in the 12 mile challenge designed by Special Forces at Broughton Hall, near Skipton, on 8 September. Nicola will be part of a team doing the event for charity and she is raising money for Airedale Hospital’s endoscopy £60,500 appeal.

The first challenging event Nicola did was the Great Manchester run (10k) in May 2012 for Cancer Research – 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.

Nicola, aged 44, of Barnoldswick, said: “Tough Mudders 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 we’ve had. I was roped into it by a former school friend and the team I’m doing it with are in Northumberland.

“This is a really big physical challenge for me, I will be totally out of my comfort zone. 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.”

Coach and conditioner Paul Royston invited Nicola to Cougar Park last week to join their training session and help her to ‘toughen up’ ahead of the gruelling charity challenge event. Her session included ruck plays, rowing and stretching to help improve her flexibility and increase her stamina and endurance.

Paul said: “Rugby League players need to be strong, powerful and fast, whilst displaying excellent stamina and endurance. They work on their flexibility, balance and agility with the aim of achieving a high level of competence in all aspects of sports fitness. Adequate rest and recovery and a healthy diet are essential aspects of their lifestyle.”

Gary Fawcett, chairman of Keighley Cougars, said: “We are proud to support Airedale Hospital’s Endoscopy Appeal as our nominated charity and we are only too happy to help Nicola train for her tough mudder challenge.

“As part of our fundraising for the appeal we make a donation of £2 for every employee from Airedale Hospital who shows their pass at a home game with this initiative and with a bucket collection at the ground we have so far raised over £350.”

Nicola’s role is to work with contractors on minor and major schemes from putting up shelves and installing new sockets to refurbishing or building whole departments.

To donate to Nicola please visit her sponsorship page http://www.justgiving.com/Nicola-Riley1 or text your donation with the words Endo60 £5 to 70070

For more information about the world-wide event visit http://toughmudder.co.uk/