Cancer patient Kate and husband complete tough 12-mile obstacle course for support group

Kate and Darren Coathup did the Tough Mudder challenge
Kate and Darren Coathup did the Tough Mudder challenge

A husband and wife duo have battled icy waters, tear gas and lots of mud to raise money for a charity close to their hearts.

Kate Coathup recently featured in the Guardian to share her story, after discovering she had cancer when she was 20-years-old.

“The obstacles were really tough and involved ice-filled water, tear gas, barbed wire and wall after wall to climb over, not to mention the amount of mud we had to trudge through”

Kate Coathup, 24, of School Lane, Leyland

Kate, of School Lane, Leyland, became concerned when a gland in her neck started to swell.

Now 24, she is in remission and studying retail management and marketing at the University of Central Lancashire.

After recovering, Kate was keen to raise money for charity and help other people with cancer.

She heard about Trekstock, which supports people aged 18 to 39 who are affected by cancer, and has become very involved with the charity, which provides a range of support and is a network for young people affected by cancer.

She is a member of Trekstock’s young persons panel, looking at ways to help young people and make the information available to them more appropriate.

And to really show her support, Kate and husband and Darren tackled the Tough Mudder 12-mile obstacle course in Yorkshire earlier this month to raise funds for the cause.

She said: “There was an incredible atmosphere and a real feeling of camaraderie throughout the course.

“I genuinely found the event to be one of the most difficult, mental and physical challenges I have ever had to endure.

“I had a few wobbles along the way where I thought I would not be able to finish, but with the charity in mind, I got through it.

“Darren found the event much more enjoyable than myself as he has more strength and stamina than I do, which enabled him to scale obstacles with ease and help me along the way.

“The obstacles were really tough and involved ice-filled water, tear gas, barbed wire and wall after wall to climb over, not to mention the amount of mud we had to trudge through.

“Overall, we had a great day together.

“Although I am now suffering with lots of aches, pains and flu – no doubt from swallowing a fair amount of mud – it was definitely worth it to raise money for an amazing charity.”

She added: “In total, so far, thanks to everyone’s generous donations, we have raised £1,240.

“Our original target was £500, so we have been completely overwhelmed by the support we have received in doing this event.”

To add to the amount, go to www.justgiving.com/teamcoathup.

To find out more about Trekstock, visit www.trekstock.com.