Woman wins gold in big challenge triathlon

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IN JUST more than five hours Deborah Herridge completed a tough 44-mile fitness task, pushing herself to the limit.

The 44-year-old, of Lee-on-the-Solent, raised more than £2,000, for Canine Partners and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

She took to the David Lloyd centre, Port Solent, Portsmouth, to complete the four-mile row, 36-mile bike ride and four-mile swim.

She said: ‘I mentioned to my husband a long time ago that I’d never won a medal.

‘So he got one made for me, and as I was the only competitor, I got gold.

‘I tried to go faster on the bike but my muscles started hurting 75 minutes into it.

‘I had lots of supporters on the day to help me get through it. Hearing their shouts and words of encouragement was wonderful.’

As reported, she was a puppy parent for Canine Partners, which gives disabled people trained animals.

And she raised cash for the cancer charity as her friend’s daughter, Nancy Harvey-Noble, five, suffers from the disease.