New heights for marathon runner

Helene Turner prepares for Three Peaks Challenge.
Helene Turner prepares for Three Peaks Challenge.

A Bedford woman who ran two marathons in two weeks is taking on one of the UK’s most difficult mountain assaults for charity.

Helene Turner is tackling the Three Peaks Challenge, which demands participants climb the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales in less than 24 hours.

Helene said: “It’s been four years since my last big feat when I ran two marathons in two weeks.

“When my friends mentioned the Three Peaks Challenge, I couldn’t wait to give it a go. I’m ready for the return of the blisters and sore feet.”

Along with three friends, Helene, 30, will start the challenge with an eight-hour drive to Scotland. The timer begins at the crack of dawn when the team will start to climb Ben Nevis, which stands at 1,344m.

They will then descend and drive for about six hours to Scafell Pike, in the Lake District. There, its a 6.2 mile trek up and down before driving for about five hours to Snowdon, in Wales. The final climb is a 7.5 mile round trip, which takes them to 723m.

Helene, an account manager for Bedford-based design and marketing firm One Stragetic Communication, is doing the challenge on May 25, for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

She said: “It would be amazing if people could make a small donation. Even £1 would be brilliant.” To sponsor her, go to http://www.just