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Larbert couple take on challenge to say thanks

Joda Quigley and partner John Denovan are doing the Tough Mudder for Edinburgh Sick Kids, pictured with Tamzen (8) and Tara (10).

Joda Quigley and partner John Denovan are doing the Tough Mudder for Edinburgh Sick Kids, pictured with Tamzen (8) and Tara (10).

 

A superfit couple have turned their love of exercise into a business and are raising money for the charity that saved the life of their daughter.

Joda Quigley and John Denovan will take on the Tough Mudder event next week for Edinburgh Sick Kids.

The charity provided invaluable help to Joda in 2006 when, aged just two months, Tamzen contracted meningitis. The tot spent five weeks recovering and her mum credits hospital staff for saving her life.

Joda (33) said: “The care we received from Edinburgh Sick Kids was amazing. Not only did they care for Tamzen, they supported the whole family and worked hard to make a horrible situation better. Nobody wants to have their baby in hospital but they really make it more bearable.

“I try to raise money as often as possible to help other families going through the same thing.”

The couple have taken on several obstacle courses and won two events this year. They will tackle the 12-mile Tough Mudder route on June 14, which incudes crossing walls, water, electric cables and, of course, plenty of mud.

John (36), an IT worker for Barclay’s Wealth in Edinburgh, said: “This is essentially a romantic date for us - I bought the entry as a Valentine’s Day present for Joda!”

The pair, who live in Larbert with children Taylor (11), Tara (10) and Tamsen (8), all pupils at St Bernadette’s Primary, have started their own business. Tartan Warrior offers training in obstacle racing for adults and children. They run classes in Larbert and Kincardine and hope to deliver lessons to schools next term.

Joda said: “We’ve been in to St Bernadette’s and had a great response. Keeping fitness fun and fresh is the best way to keep children active.”

To sponsor the couple, visit www.justgiving.com/TartanWarriorSickKids. More information on Tartan Warrior can be found on its Facebook page.

 

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