Breast Cancer Now supporter Leonie is not one to shy away from a challenge. Here, she tells us how she got through the obstacles of Tough Mudder with the help of some good friends and lot of laughter.
When I signed up for the Half Tough Mudder challenge I did so because my friends, Helen, Donna and Jo, were doing it. Never one to shy away from a challenge, I thought, ‘Why not? How hard could it be?’, and never thought any more about it.
All four of us have been through breast cancer and survived, and I wanted to give something back. As it got nearer to the date though, and people who had done Tough Mudder before started talking about the obstacles, mud, water, ice pool and electrocution, the realisation of what I had signed up for began to sink in.
This Tough Mudder was to be one of the hardest challenges I had undertaken so far. While I don’t mind the mud (I always seem to be covered in it after a day walking in the Dales), I am not a runner and haven’t been on an obstacle course since I was a child. So there I was on the day thinking what on earth have I done? But it turns out I needn't have worried...
A laughing matter
Everyone helps everyone else over or under the obstacles. There were plenty of hands outstretched ready to help pull you over the walls, or to give you a foot up to reach the top of a wall, or to pull you out of the mud. Everyone was laughing and encouraging each other on.
I have bruises where I have never had bruises before, every muscle in my body aches, but the girls and I call them our medals. Every ache and every bruise was earned doing something I never thought I would be able to do. I am so proud of myself and the other ladies I did it with. I have to say I have never had so much fun. We laughed, we crawled, we laughed, we climbed, we laughed, we got stuck, we laughed, we rolled in mud, we laughed, we got wet, and we laughed.
I hope you're getting the picture that although the obstacles were hard, there was only one I couldn't do and we laughed all the way round. It was one of the best days ever, and yes I would do it all again.
Why Breast Cancer Now?
Why I hear you ask would you put yourself through this then? Simple, Breast Cancer Now need all the funds they can get to help fund research so they can eradicate this terrible disease that has claimed the lives of so many people including members of my family and close friends. So I will continue to take up as many challenges as I can to support them in their quest.
If you get the chance just go for it!
Leonie featured in Marks and Spencer’s lingerie campaign during Breast Cancer Awareness Month last year. Read more about her story and the other ladies in the campaign here.