Pretty Mudder team raise £3,000 in Lesley’s memory

The Protec Ladies Pretty Mudder team at the end of the 5km obstacle course in Manchester. (S)

The Protec Ladies Pretty Mudder team at the end of the 5km obstacle course in Manchester. (S)

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A team of 13 ladies got down and immensely dirty as they completed an assault course in memory of a much-loved former colleague.

The team from Protec in Nelson took on the Pretty Mudder 5km challenge in Heaton Park as they remembered Lesley Croxall (44), of Colne, who died in June after a battle with cancer.

With the weather on their side, the team of 13 was one of the first off the starting block at 10am and tackled eight obstacles in total which included a spider’s web and tyres.

Also overcome were inflatable tubes, mud-filled tubes negotiated on hands and knees with help from water blasters and muddiest of all was the finale, clambering up a cargo net and then sliding down into one massive mud bath on the other side.

Diane McWhinnie, one of the group members, said: “Our friends and family were at the finishing line cheering and clapping us.

“It was a truly enjoyable achievement for us, but emotional too, an event we will never forget and all for a good cause.

“The event was very well organised, with lots of fund-raising stalls, music and supporters, and there was a great atmosphere.

“We would like to thank everybody who has sponsored and supported us.”

The Protec team has so far raised approximately £3,000 for Cancer Research UK. You can still donate by going to the group’s Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/Protec-Ladies