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I'm fit for Mudder of all assault courses; STUDENT IN WORLD'S TOUGHEST RACE Katy's ready for gruelling event EXCLUSIVE.

Byline: Heather Greenaway

Meet Scotland's toughest athlete, Katy Emslie - the only British woman to qualify for the world's roughest endurance race.

The 23-year-old medical student is training to take part in the World's Toughest Mudder - a 24-hour assault course which will see her clamber over barbed wire, scale electric fences and crawl through icy water-filled tunnels.

Katy, of Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, beat some of the fittest athletes on the planet to win a place at the world final in New Jersey next month.

And the gutsy sportswoman says she is ready for the gruelling challenge, which is so difficult that 90 per cent fail to finish and hundreds end up in hospital.

Aberdeen University student Katy said: "When I got the phone call telling me I was to be the only woman from the UK taking part in the World's Toughest Mudder, it blew me away.

"I feel hugely honoured and want to do well - to give Scottish and British women the tough name they deserve.

"I want to be there at the end and, being the only British woman taking part, there is a lot more riding on it.

"We have to complete a sevenmile assault course as many times as we can in 24 hours.

"When I took part in Scotland's Tough Mudder near Drumlanrig Castle in July, there were 22 obstacles - in the world event, there are 40. And we will have no idea what the obstacles are until we get there."

Katy, who will compete alongside training partner David Weir-McCall, 24, from Lochaber, Inverness-shire, got involved in mudders in a bid to raise money for charity.

She said: "My stepdad passed away in 2008 and I had been looking for a way raise money for Cancer Research outwith generic 10ks and marathons.

"I wanted something to test all aspects of fitness and found out about the first-ever Scottish Tough Mudder.

"I saw footage of competitors in the US jumping into skips of ice and getting electric shock therapy and decided it was the perfect way to raise cash."

Katy has been training in the gym and running up to 13 miles each day to prepare for the challenge.

She added: "I run at the beach a lot and climb regularly to build up my upper-body strength. I've also started running late at night using a head torch and get up early to go to a spin class."

Katy is maintaining a healthy diet to keep in shape for the event, which begins at 8am on Saturday, November 8. She said: "I eat oats with green tea for breakfast.

"For lunch, I usually have tuna with baked beans and spinach and Tabasco sauce, or chicken with cottage cheese.

"Before training, I have a protein shake and an apple. Afterwards, I'll usually have some nuts with another protein shake.

"For dinner, I have a steak or an egg-white omelette with cheese and lots of vegetables."

Katy added: "I really want to do my mum Anne, Scotland and my stepdad's memory proud.

"I'm going to give it my best shot and hopefully I'll come back in one piece."

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TYRE-ING Katy in training

FIRE WALK Competitors go through fields of fire and negotiate a ring swing

MUD LARK Katy will fly the flag for British women in New Jersey next month
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