West Midlands fitness coaches take on Tough Mudder

BACK from left Sam Brady,  Daniel Burke, Courtney Smith   FRONT from left Kerry Murphy, Gemma Broth,  Paige David

BACK from left Sam Brady, Daniel Burke, Courtney Smith FRONT from left Kerry Murphy, Gemma Broth, Paige David

A personal training duo from Sutton Coldfield and Great Barr have set themselves the challenge of completing Tough Mudder in the name of John Taylor Hospice, along with several of their colleagues from Unique U Personal Fitness Coaching.

Qualified fitness coaches Courtney Smith and Daniel Burke will face the gruelling 12 mile obstacle course in Kettering on 31 May.

“John Taylor Hospice is our local hospice and many of our friends and clients have a close connection with them,” said Courtney, aged 22. “We’d really like to help raise awareness of the work they do.”

Tough Mudder competitors will jump, wade, crawl and swim across a series of extreme obstacles including mud slopes, underwater barriers and electric shocks.

New to the 2015 course is an obstacle which will see runners scrambling through an enclosed structure filled with a safe gas-like vapour, designed to test the mental grit of competitors by simulating mild tear gas.

“It will be a great team-building experience,” continued Courtney. “Some of the team are scared of heights, while others will find jumping through fire really tough.

From their private studio in Hamstead, Courtney and Daniel work with clients across Birmingham.

Daniel said: “Training can be an emotional rollercoaster, but seeing someone smile when they achieve their goal makes it all worth it. As a coach, there’s nothing more rewarding.”

The 23-year-old from Great Barr is looking forward to helping others while putting his own personal fitness goals to the test in Tough Mudder.