Published On: Thu, Jul 23rd, 2015 on 4:24 pm

Yorkshire vet nurses to take on Tough Mudder

Two veterinary nurses will be competing in the world-famous Tough Mudder challenge to raise money for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

Rachel Davis, 21, of Manor Garth Road from Leeds and Jules Harris, 22, from Harrogate, will be taking part in the Skipton event of the worldwide Tough Mudder challenge on 1 August.

Yorkshire Vets Tough Mudder

(l-r) Rachel Davis and Jules Harris

Tough Mudder is a world-renowned endurance event where participants attempt a 10-12 mile long military-style obstacle course, designed to test physical strength and mental stamina.

Rachel and Jules will be fundraising for the IFAW, which works across more than 40 countries rescuing individual animals, protecting animal populations and preserving habitats.

“I had never even really run before”

Rachel, who is a veterinary nurse for the PDSA in Leeds, said: “I want to support IFAW because of my love of animals and support for conservation, and I want to draw attention to a worthy cause. I’ve never done a challenge like this before and wanted to really push myself. I had never even really run before, so the training has been tough but it’s going to be worth it.”

Jules said: “I’ve never done anything like Tough Mudder. It was a spontaneous decision when this year’s tickets were released, I’m not sure how wise that impulse buy was. The satisfaction of finishing is something I’m definitely looking forward to – except for the electroshock therapy, which is the very last obstacle before the finish line.”

UK Director of IFAW, Philip Mansbridge, said: “We’re very grateful that Rachel and Jules have chosen to raise money for IFAW. All of us at IFAW wish them the best of luck for this tough challenge.”

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