Mum-to-be takes on a Tough challenge

Swell idea: Louise Clark will be taking part in the Tough Mudder in October even though she is eight months pregnant at the moment. Picture: Emma Reeves d400511
Swell idea: Louise Clark will be taking part in the Tough Mudder in October even though she is eight months pregnant at the moment. Picture: Emma Reeves d400511

The 37-year-old nurse is expecting to have her first child before the end of this month, after which she will be juggling parenting with training for the Tough Mudder challenge in October.

Mrs Clark said she always knew she wanted to do the 20km obstacle course, which was designed by the British Special Forces and includes mud tunnels, fire, ice water and 10,000 volts of electricity.

The Princess Margaret Hospital employee signed up with fellow Ward 4H nurses Marina Whittaker, Rachel O’Neill and Anthea Hodgson, but said she has not been able to train for the past three months.

‘I can’t train when I’m pregnant ” I had to stop when I was five months,’ she said.

‘It’s going to be full-on after I give birth.’

The team, who have called themselves the Northern Mudders, will be using the event to fundraise for the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation.

‘I haven’t done anything like Tough Mudder before and thought it was a good idea as any funds directed to the PMH Foundation will come back to directly benefit the kids that we care for,’ Mrs Clark said.

‘The PMH Foundation have helped Ward 4H immensely, and through their funding the children and adolescents on the ward now have a fantastic garden, a refurbished ward and game consoles, including Playstations and X-Boxes. As nurses, we wanted to give back to the PMH Foundation as they’ve totally transformed the ward from being rather hospital-like and uninviting for patients to a bright, colourful and friendly day area.’

Ward 4H specialises in the short-term assessment and treatment of children and adolescents under the age of 16 years with mental health problems.

To donate to the Northern Mudders, visit https://give.everydayhero.com/au/louise-carrick.