Guaranteed places are available at eight Tough Mudder events across the country throughout the year for those willing to take on the challenge.
And until 15 February we're offering half price entry at just £25.
“This is your chance to support our lifesaving and life-changing work in a fun-filled environment.”
“Whether you’re an individual, company or a sports club looking for a team-building opportunity, or a group of determined mums taking on a new challenge, this is the event for you.”
Rachel Oakley, Event Organiser
One person taking up the challenge is mother of four 39-year-old Kelli Wilkinson from Brinscall in Lancashire, who’s doing the Skipton Tough Mudder on 6 August.
“I wanted to do this to help raise awareness after my youngest baby Kenny got bacterial meningitis at seven weeks old.”
“I never expected meningitis. When it’s spoken about you expect to see the rash but this can be one of the last symptoms."
“Fortunately my boy survived and he’s now four months old. He’s just been cleared with no long-term after-effects."
“I have never done anything like this before. I’ve never been to a gym, so it’s going to be quite a challenge, but I’m looking forward to it.”
Something not quite right
Kenny’s story started with sickness and a high temperature and Kelli knew there was something not quite right. She called 111 and they asked her various questions, including if Kenny’s hands and feet were cold? “Which they were,” she said, “freezing in fact.”
“They said I needed to see a doctor, so I got an emergency appointment. My GP wasn't happy, so he called the paediatric ward at Preston and we went straight there."
“Kenny was admitted within a couple of hours of us arriving because by this time little spots were appearing and they said he was being treated for suspected meningitis. I felt helpless."
“My baby boy had a lumbar puncture and was hooked up to a drip for the next seven days."
“We have a couple of follow up appointments to attend but my boy survived! Never did I expect them to say meningitis.”
Tough Mudder is an obstacle course designed to test physical strength and mental grit. Those taking part experience exhilarating but safe world-class obstacles they wouldn’t find anywhere else.
Meningitis Now participants are asked to raise £250 in sponsorship to support our work. In return they receive a running top, training and dietary tips and help with fundraising ideas and materials.