The thought of an all-male voice choir waiting for them at the top of a mountain was impetus enough for Steph Morrison and her daughter to make it to the top.
But it wasn’t just the fact that Only Men Aloud were at the peak of Pen Y Fan, that helped the 55-year-old achieve her goal.
Just five months ago, Steph from Clayton Brook was battling arthritis, living with severe joint pain and limited mobility.
She knew things had change and when her eldest daughter encouraged her to attend a slimming group with her she forced herself to go.
“I was horrified on my first night, I kept my head down and my coat wrapped around me,” said Steph, who runs her own domestic cleaning business.
“But I lost five and a half pounds in the first week and the weight kept coming off.”
Where previously Steph could barely climb the stairs or walk any distance due to her painful swollen joints, in May she joined a group of women to conquer the Welsh mountain in aid of the Aloud charity.
She said: “I felt elated when we got to the top, it was the biggest achievement to date.
“The incentive for us was the choir were at the top and they said they would sing for us when we made it up there - I just kept thinking, there’s a bunch of good looking men at the top, I’d better make it!
“But then we reached the summit they stood around us in a circle and sang.
“It was chucking it down, blowing a gale and we could hardly see for the low clouds but it was absolutely brilliant.”
Now two stone and four pounds lighter, Steph took part in the 5k Race for Life event in Blackburn and has decided to start her own Slimming World group that begins with her first session at Lostock Hall Comm Primary School, Linden Drive, on July 29 at both 5.30pm and 7.30pm.
Steph said: “It’s all about making people feel that there is something for them out there and to build up their self-esteem because when I was overweight I had no confidence.
“I feel much healthier now, my joints are much less painful with no swelling now but I’m still going to be getting involved at my meetings because I would still like to lose a little bit more.
She added: “Two stone, four pounds might not sound a lot to many people but to me, it’s been life changing.
“I’m half the person I used to be but my confidence has doubled.”