Four mums embark on 100km walk in 24 hours to raise £13,000 for five causes

Ann Boardman, Emily Hanson, Sharon Hartley, and Mandy Richardson.
Ann Boardman, Emily Hanson, Sharon Hartley, and Mandy Richardson.
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Four intrepid mums have raised more than £13,000 after taking on the mammoth challenge of walking 100km in 24 hours.

The foursome had a maximum target of £10,000 but were blown away when they reached the amount before their trek around the Trough of Bowland.

Sharon Hartley, 45, Ann Boardman, 44, Emily Hanson, 38, all from Catterall and 45-year-old Mandy Richardson, from Bilsborrow, embarked on their walking mission on Saturday morning hoping to finish at 8am on Sunday.

“Mandy and Emily had a couple of injuries but we were all feeling good when we went to start the walk,” Sharon said. “We couldn’t believe we’d managed to get to £10,000 before the walk and it really motivated us despite the pouring rain.”

As they made their way over rivers and through bogs the group made it to the half way point after trekking 50kms to Dunsop Bridge.

But organisers Pure Challenge had some bad news for the four women.

Sharon said: “We were told the walk had been cancelled due to safety concerns. The weather had been really bad for the whole 12 hours we’d been walking and so we were told we couldn’t go any further.

“We were actually feeling really good and confident we could complete it all but unfortunately we had to turn back.”

But despite the set back in their challenge, a further £3,000 has been raised since.

The money will be given to five causes - Macmillan Cancer Support, Parkinson’s UK, two young boys with different conditions and Jelly Beans pre-school in Churchtown.

And with a big fundraising night coming up in May, Sharon is hoping they can double their original target and reach £20,000.

She said: “We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated, supported and even followed our fundraising. We feel like the whole community has been on our side.”

The foursome’s next big fundraiser is being held in Bilsborrow Village Hall on May 26 with football boots signed by Premier League players just some of the rare prizes on offer in a huge raffle.