BRITISH ice-skating champion Verity Brown has travelled the equivalent of a return trip to London following a six-week road closure which has blocked access to her skating club.
The 18-year-old has been forced to add an extra 18-mile journey on trips to her local club for the past six weeks due to the closure of Seahill Road in Saughall, Chester.
However, Verity hopes to breathe a sigh of relief on Sunday when Flintshire County Council highway chiefs aim to put an end to her agony by calling an end to the roadworks.
The work has involved laying a sewage pipe for a new housing estate, but the road closure has made life hell for many residents in Saughall, who say the road closure has blocked their access to Sealand Road.
No one has been more badly hit than Verity and her 15-year-old sister Christabel, who travel to Deeside Ice Skating Club twice a day to train.
The pair need to train more than ever as Verity is the British Junior Champion 2003, while her sister is the Welsh Junior Champion.
For the past six weeks they've had to travel through Chester city centre and Blacon to reach Sealand Road.
Mum Liz, of Hermitage Road, Saughall, said: 'The closure of Seahill Road has caused major problems.
'It has caused major detours for my daughters, who visit their skating club twice a day almost six days a week.
'As Verity is a young driver, the added journey has been more hazardous for her.
'Verity has clocked up hundreds of added miles.'
A spokesman for Flintshire County Council said the work in Seahill Road has run to schedule, adding work began on April 15 and is due to end on Sunday.