a TEAM of fighting fit friends had a ‘muddy’ good idea to boost charity after being inspired by a brave South Tyneside tot.
Caring members of New Woman and Total Fitness Gym in Imeary Street, South Shields, took part in the energy-sapping Newcastle Stampede cross-country race in aid of the British Heart Foundation.
The charity champions, gym boss Caroline Dixon and members Caroline Nicholson, Jill McMullen, Abigail Simpson, Gillian Cutting and Camilla Thompson, raised £750 for the cause, which also included cash collected from an exercise boot camp held at the car park of the Little Haven Hotel.
They were determined to boost the charity after witnessing the remarkable recovery of two-year-old Llana Qazi who had a heart transplant in February last year.
Little Llana’s mum, Shaz Qazi, is a workout pal of the women.
The Newcastle Stampede is an outdoor cross country adventure run, featuring obstacles to keep competitors on their toes.
The gym group battled rain-lashed conditions and waded through mud to reach the finish.
Jill McMullen, 40, from South Shields, said: “It was very wet and muddy, but it was really good fun.
“We all wanted to raise money and no matter how hard it got, it’s nothing compared to what Llana and others like her have to face.”
“A few of us have done the Great North Run and though that is longer, we thought the Stampede was tougher with all the obstacles.
“We have raised more than £700 between the Stampede and the exercise boot camp we held.
“We are definitely going to do the Stampede again.”