Girls take on tough Coniston triathlon

Guide Dogs triathlon challenge team from Gisburn and Barnoldswick
Guide Dogs triathlon challenge team from Gisburn and Barnoldswick

A group of girls who love a challenge are heading for Coniston this weekend to tackle a tough triathlon.

They will hike six kilometres up the Old Man of Coniston, cycle 12km through Grizedale Forest and kayak for a mile on the lake, all in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Sharon Fenton, of Gisburn, is leading the team of wagon driver Tracey Harper and trainee nurse Lindsay McGlynn, both from Gisburn, and Barnoldswick girls Caroline Irvine, Sarah Drachenberg and Karen Lonsdale.

Sharon said: “As it isn’t a standard triathlon – running, swimming and cycling – I thought it sounded fun and challenging and it is obviously for a very good cause, so I contacted some of my friends.

“I go on an annual walking holiday with four of them, where we set off and walk about 100 miles in the week, staying at B and Bs.

“We have done the Coast to Coast, the Wicklow Way in Ireland and next year it’s the West Highland Way in Scotland.

“When we first started these holidays we didn’t all know each other, but we all got on so well it has just continued from there and it’s one of the best things we have done.

“Lindsay McGlynn is a friend and neighbour and I asked her to join us to make up the team. She has fitted in perfectly.”

The six have been training for the challenge since April, walking up Pendle Hill or Weets, cycling up Weets and in Gisburn Forest, and kayaking on the canal.

The girls have so far raised £2,000 towards their target of £2,500, and can be sponsored on or sponsor forms can be picked up at KB Tyres and Exhausts Ltd in Barnoldswick, where Sharon works.