Larbert family set an obstacle challenge

Joda and partner John, pictured with Tamzen and Tara, are bringin a Tough Mudder style obstacle race to the area

Joda and partner John, pictured with Tamzen and Tara, are bringin a Tough Mudder style obstacle race to the area

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A family that races together is bringing a Tough Mudder-style challenge to the area to raise money for a charity close to their heart.

Joda Quigley and partner John Denovan dedicate their spare time to training for obstacle races, and own a company that trains race hopefuls. Now they are planning their own.

The Tartan Warrior Obstacle Race will take place on Saturday, April 25, and will include wall climbs, tyre runs and balance beams and is suitable for all the family.

The 3km race will raise funds for Strathcarron Hospice. John’s dad Stuart was diagnosed with leukaemia last year and received care from the Fankerton facility’s nursing staff.

Joda (34), from Larbert, said: “Thanks to the care from them, we were able to keep Stuart at home. We couldn’t have managed without their help.

“Sadly John’s dad died, but we wanted to do something to show our appreciation. The nurses really go beyond the call of duty for their patients.”

Anyone from the age of thee upwards can tackle The Tartan Warrior race which will combine natural and man-made obstacles.

The first wave of racing is for competitive racers, with some of the best in the country heading to Plean Country Park to take part.

Personal trainer Joda, who now races with elite racers Team Muddy Kit, gave up her job at St Bernadette’s Primary to focus on training and building up her business.

She only took up the sport in 2013 but proved to be a natural, winning most competitions she entered.

Now the whole family – John, Taylor (12), Tara (11) and Tamzen (8) – love obstacle racing.

Joda added: “It changed my life, I now train people for a living and I love helping others realise their potential through personal training sessions.

“It makes exercise fun and you can enjoy the great outdoors while getting into shape.”

Entry costs £16 (£8 children) and you can enter at www.tartanwarrior.com.