Local ladies rugby team, The Cougars, prepare for the coming season with some pre-season training by entering the No Ego Challenge on the 21st July. The team, who play in the Championship North 1 hope to raise money for the club and inspire others to get involved in playing ladies rugby.
The Carlisle Cougars ladies team travel throughout the UK, but are looking to recruit some fresh faces to join the team, after a number of players moved on after last season; one player even lured by the prospect of playing International Rugby. With this in mind Cougar’s chairman Charlie Brown jumped at the chance to be involved with the ‘No Ego Urban Challenge’ which is the first of its kind to hit Cumbria.
The Urban Challenge is a high adrenaline 10K adventure/obstacle race set in and around the historical city; unlike other popular ‘mud’ races, this one does not take place in a muddy field, but in a city landscape. The Challenge includes over twenty obstacles which include climbing trucks, tackling tyre mazes and plunging into freezing water tanks. The No Ego Urban Challenge course will follow a route from the Sheepmount Stadium, past the River Eden and through Rickerby Park; taking in some other well know sites around the city, including Carlisle United’s Brunton Park, in which competitors will contend with multiple terrains ranging from flat tarmac to slippery mud hills.
Several of the Cougars have accepted the challenge and are going to run the race, using it as some pre-season training. Other team members have decided that being an obstacle is more their thing and are going to form part of the final obstacle to be revealed on the day; helping or hindering their fellow team mates.
The Cougars will join other local sports teams at race HQ and hope that their presence on the day may inspire other women to join the team and give rugby a try. Experience is not necessary and age should be no barrier, the team consists of housewives to doctors and vets, with an age range of 18-42!
Cougars captain Hannah Sherlock says
“Rugby is for everyone, whether you are super fit and looking for a different challenge or out of shape and want to get fit, it’s about having fun”.
The league sees the Cougars travel across the UK and travel proves to be the most expensive outlay for the team; therefore the No Ego Challenge is proving a good way for the team to raise extra money to ensure they make it to their matches. The ladies spend a lot of time fund raising and in addition this year they hope to get sponsorship and raise funds to buy a new kit; with 3 seasons of wear and tear on a rugby pitch their current kit is looking a little battered!
Fundraising for events like this can have a significant impact on groups or charities whose operating costs run into hundreds of thousands of pounds a year. The No Ego Challenge team not only want to help their partner charities, but encourage other charities, organisations, businesses and clubs to join in and get teams together to help raise lots of money. By entering a team the entry fees are reduced by up to 28% depending on the number of people per team and entry date. Competitors also receive a 50% discount on a second race in 2013.
Other races lined up for 2012 include a Mud Challenge in Preston on 14th September and the second Mud Challenge at Greystoke Castle on 26th October. Dates of a Northumbria based race are to be confirmed and competitors are advised to keep checking the No Ego Challenge website www.noegochallenge.com