Pendle pals blitz rat race assault course

The JRR Fitness Men's Health Survival of the Fittest Rate Race team at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium. (S)
The JRR Fitness Men's Health Survival of the Fittest Rate Race team at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium. (S)

A Foulridge woman who suffered a brain haemorrhage 12 months ago has completed a gruelling 10km assault course with 31 other Pendle pals.

Emma Cook (37) finished the Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest Rat Race around Sportcity in Manchester on Saturday, a year on from suffering a ruptured aneurysm that required emergency surgery.

The group trained under the eye of Joe Riding of JRR Fitness in Barnoldswick who put each one of them through their paces ahead of the daunting event.

And the brave 32, ranging from ages 18 to 56 and all from the Barnoldswick and Colne area, took on the task which included swimming across the freezing cold canal, running through sticky mud, climbing over 10ft. walls, hurdling hay bales and sprinting up the steps of the Etihad Stadium, home of Manchester City.

Emma said: “This time last year I was having brain surgery and was in Leeds hospital for quite a few weeks.

“At first, I couldn’t have a shower without having to go back to bed afterwards.

“I joined JRR wanting to get a bit fitter. Joe took it a bit easier on me because I still have a brain injury, it takes years and years to heal properly. He said it was not about how long it took but about finishing.

“The event was on Remembrance Sunday, a year to the day after I fell ill. It was a way of sticking two fingers up at it which is why I did it.

“It was extremely hard but we were like a red army. It was fantastic. I was struggling to swim a length of a pool not long ago and I’ve just completed a 10km assault course. It’s crazy.”

The group were raising cash for Pendleside Hospice and believe have topped the £5,000 figure with money still coming in.

Rachael Fenwick (38), from Barnoldswick was the group leader. She added: “It was the hardest thing I have ever done. It was extremely tough, and it was cold and wet. We’ve all been counting up our bruises, I think we must be up to three figures now.”

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