BOOT CAMPERS: Denise Cross, Lou Tambling, Emma and Paul Winterbone, Rob Cross, Laura Murphy, Amanda Walsh and Lyndal Harris.
BOOT CAMPERS: Denise Cross, Lou Tambling, Emma and Paul Winterbone, Rob Cross, Laura Murphy, Amanda Walsh and Lyndal Harris. John Mccutcheon

Fitness sessions build to Tough Mudder for determined women

IN January this year, a group of Sunshine Coast women who knew each other through school, work and neighbourhood networks decided to get tough.

Their busy lives meant that fitness and exercises were not a priority, but they resolved to get themselves in shape to compete in this weekend's Tough Mudder.

They met up at La Balsa Park one Sunday morning to kick start a fitness regimen.

Fitness advocate Rob Cross, who knew some of them through children's sport, offered to give them a hand.

Two more blokes, Paul Winterborne and Tim Simmons, a personal trainer, chipped in to lend them a hand in what became regular Sunday fitness sessions.

Of the 15 members of the group, seven women and the three blokes will line up for Tough Mudder, competing as Happy Mudders.

Mr Cross said the women had made huge strides in improving their fitness.

"When they started, a couple of them couldn't run 500m and this weekend, they're doing Tough Mudder," he said.

"Once they got an idea of what we wanted them to do, they started doing their own 'boot camps' on their own.

"The determination has been fantastic.

"It's good to show you get a few mates together and you can do anything."


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