A GRANDMOTHER was among a team of athletic women who triumphed in a gruelling race in Snowdonia.
The Ellesmere Port Combatters, named after Cathy Sirrett’s combat class at which three of the team met, cycled 40 miles, climbed Snowdon and canoed across Llyn Gwynant.
Jenny Jobber, Jan Murphy, Amanda Buckley and Gill Price were all keen to keep slim so went in search of a challenge.
Gill, 56, a grandmother, her sister Jenny, 47, and her two friends Jan and Amanda – both mothers in their mid-40s – trained with the help of a personal trainer, Pete from Core Fitness.
The Snowdon Challenge for the Regain charity consists of a 20-mile cycle from Llanberis up mountain roads to Rhyd Ddu before a run up and down Snowdon. Then they get on their bikes for another 10-mile mountain cycle to Llyn Gwynant lake, which they had to canoe around ahead of the final 10 miles over the Llanberis pass back to the finish point in Llanberis.
The total time taken by the team was 7hrs 45mins, which was the fastest all-ladies team time in the 12 years of the event.
The Ellesmere Port Combatters beat teams much younger than them and have raised nearly £2,000 between them for Regain, which supports men and women paralysed in sporting accidents.
Jenny is now hoping to start a ladies cycling club and Gill wants to start a fitness nutrition website to help and inspire others.
Customers at Sainsbury’s Prenton donated £562, businesses in Neston, such as Bradshaw Electrical, Elephant Coffee, TIG and the Bushell road surgery in Neston, also donated as well as Gill’s colleagues at the Countess of Chester Hospital.
If anyone else would like to donate to the team, visit www.justgiving.com/teams/eport-combatters.