Tough test lies ahead for fund raising duo

Helena Ross  and Emma Hayes ANL-140608-144526001
Helena Ross and Emma Hayes ANL-140608-144526001

Two Haverhill women hope to raise more than £300 when they take part in the Mudderella race.

Helena Ross, 22, and Emma Hayes, 23, both from Haverhill, are taking part in the gruelling assault course race on August 30 to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The race takes place in Kettering. It’s a women-only version of the popular race event, Tough Mudder.

The pair chose to raise money for the charity in memory of Emma’s grandad Kenneth Mayes who died in 1999.

“The minimum we have to raise is £300,” said Helena. “But we’re hoping to exceed that. We’ve already got 71 per cent of our target.

“Emma had wanted to do some fundraising for a long time anyway.

“We saw this pop up on the internet and thought it looked amazing. It’s got a training programme and everything.

“It’s a five to seven mile assault course.

“There’s running, wheelbarrowing, rope climbing up walls, log throwing and underground tunnels.

“We’re really looking forward to it. If it’s fun, I’d like to keep going.

Every evening, we’ve been walking and running and doing core exercises.

“It’s going to be tough. We’re both active people, but not that kind of active.

“We’re not exactly gym buffs so this will be challenging for us.

“But we’re training regularly for it and hope to get to the finish line absolutely caked in mud.”