Two women conquer the Borneo challenge

SUCCESS Tina Harrop, left, and Kelly Truscott
SUCCESS Tina Harrop, left, and Kelly Truscott
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TWO women have completed a gruelling trek through Borneo to raise £11,000 for charity.

Kelly Truscott, 26, and Tina Harrop, 28, who both come from Gosport, took part in the Ultimate Borneo Challenge last month.

They are now celebrating after smashing their £10,000 charity fundraising target.

The determined ladies battled a three-day trek through rainforest, jungle and mountain summits, before taking on a tough 106-mile bike ride.

Kelly, of The Anchorage, said: ‘It was an unforgettable experience but more physically demanding than I could have imagined.

‘Coming down the mountain was just as hard as climbing up it.

‘The slopes were so steep my knees gave way and I had to crawl the last two kilometres.

‘But we were determined to finish.

‘I always thought I was the type to give up when the going got really tough but this experience showed me how strong I can be – it helps that I’m extremely competitive.’

The third member of their team, 50-year-old Tina Pack, was forced to abandon the trek five hours after landing in Borneo when she received news of the death of a family member.

Tina, of Wych Lane, had helped organise more than 150 fundraising events in the run-up to their adventure.

The money they raised will go to Naomi House and the Alzheimer’s Society.