Trek challenge completed in scorching temperatures

TEAM: Wendy Warren, Jos Grant, Sharon Whittaker and Liz Swansborough.
TEAM: Wendy Warren, Jos Grant, Sharon Whittaker and Liz Swansborough.

A determined team of women have raised more than £2,500 after completing a gruelling charity hike in sweltering conditions.

Friends Wendy Warren from Long Melford, Jos Grant from Glemsford and Sharon Whittaker and Liz Swansborough, who both live in Boxford, joined forces to take part in the Peak District Challenge in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

The group, who are all aged in their mid-40s, battled temperatures of 30 degrees in the hills of Derbyshire to trek 24 miles over two days last month.

“We had to walk 12 miles each day and although it doesn’t sound like a lot on the first day it was really hot,” said Mrs Whittaker, who lives in Holbrook Road.

“We were very exposed and it was very hilly and lots of people were suffering from heat exhaustion.”

It took seven hours for the foursome to complete the allotted distance for the day and despite concerns about what the following day had in store they picked themselves up to finish the challenge.

“We were all shattered and thinking about how we would be able to do the same again the next day,” said Mrs Whittaker.

“But we managed it and everyone was elated when we were done.”

Each of the women raised £250 to take part in the trek, which around 40 people completed, and Mrs Whittaker and Mrs Swanborough have received donations of £1,500.

“Everybody knows someone who has had breast cancer and I have lost a very dear friend to the disease,” said Mrs Whittaker. “There are a few women in the village currently undergoing treatment and this was a team effort for them.”

The group are planning further events for the charity in September.

To donate to the cause visit www.justgiving.com/lizand sharonpeakchallenge.