Haverhill ‘Rainbow Walkers’ go the distance for charity

Sandra Hilton and Sonia Butler (yellow ribbons) with Terry Holland, Liz Leeds and Paula Fowler (blue ribbons) ANL-160905-161317001

Sandra Hilton and Sonia Butler (yellow ribbons) with Terry Holland, Liz Leeds and Paula Fowler (blue ribbons) ANL-160905-161317001

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A team from Haverhill completed the demanding Isle of Wight Challenge to raise more than £2,100 for Cancer Research UK.

Sandra Hilton and Sonia Butler (yellow ribbons) did the full island, walking 106km in 25 hours, 17 minutes.

Terry Holland, Liz Leeds and Paula Fowler (blue ribbons) did the quarter island in seven hours, 29 minutes.

Sandra said: “It was an incredibly tough challenge, much harder than we expected but we did it! The views were spectacular.

“The hills were very steep and plentiful. Although the weather was, for the most part, favourable, we did get one very heavy hailstorm with high winds followed by torrential rain.

“This passed and the sun came back out. Walking over large stones and rocks, climbing lots of stiles and steps, through mud pits that stole our trainers, we were scratched by gorse bushes and stung by stinging nettles.

“Despite falling over, hitting heads on tree branches, getting stuck in mud and being physically sick we completed the Challenge for Cancer Research.

Sandra thanked everyone who supported the team, called the Rainbow Walkers, including those who sponsored and provided raffle prizes for their fund-raising.

So far £2,194 has been raised, with some sponsorship monies still to be collected.