Catherine Clark Interview: Tough Mudder

Catherine Clark Interview: Tough Mudder

1. Could you tell us a little bit about the “tough mudder” challenge?

The tough mudder challenge is 10­12 mile obstacle course designed to test physical and mental

strength ` The idea is not to win but to have a story to tell` (N.Y. Times) Tough Mudder is all

about the challenge, pushing your body to achieve things you didn`t think you were capable of.

The obstacles would appear to play on common human fears such as fire, water, electricity and

height. The main principle behind Tough Mudder is team work. The only part I am not looking

forward to is the electricity part – I have heard of people having black outs however I do know the

obstacles are safe and marshals will be around and you can opt out if it does get too tough.


2. Do you often participate in fundraising events? 

Occasionally. Most recently I organised a fund and awareness raising event for Depression



3. Which charities do you usually support and why?

As a teenager I did the Three Peeks Challenge to raise money for Cancer Research I have only

recently raised money for Depression Alliance . I suffer from depression myself and believe that

it is healthy for the individual and society to discuss these topics and not push it under the

carpet. I also personally find physical exercise helps me both mentally and physically and it is

the teamwork aspect in Tough Mudder that I like.


4. What has attracted you to slaughterhouse reform in particular? Do you have a history of

supporting animal welfare related initiatives?

One of my clients is very keen on animal welfare and is very particular that the meat and fish

ingredients I use should be of the highest quality. This has always been Kitchen Sink`s ethos

but her interest has caused me to research more closely the source and treatment of the meat

and fish I use. I am a keen supporter of local suppliers rather than the big supermarket chains

which means I can have discussions with them as to where their products actually come from.


5. Out of our 4 key reforms, which one speaks to you the most? Transport conditions,

stunning, labelling or cctv?

One of the points I feel most strongly about is the transportation of live animals. The journeys are

often long and arduous without proper food and water. A case in point was the disruption last

summer at Calais where there were lengthy delays at the Channel Tunnel with animals stuck in

dreadful cramped conditions . I personally think only dead meat should cross the channel.

Animals are sentient beings and suffer pain, anxiety and stress. On a purely practical note I

don`t think this leads to good quality meat. But all four reforms are important.



6. Do you have a position on the EU? Our followers are much like the country, they are

divided on the issue.

I personally feel we should stay in the EU. Where animal welfare is concerned I want the UK`s

good influence and high standards , for example in the fields of veal production, pig welfare and

caged animals , to be felt across the EU. If we are out we have no influence.

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