Fitness group’s 24-hour challenge for Royal Marines Charity

PUBLISHED: 13:00 20 July 2017

Donna Jordan from Carpe Diem with fellow fundraisers.

Donna Jordan from Carpe Diem with fellow fundraisers.


A group of dedicated fundraisers from Nailsea will be going without sleep to canoe, cycle and walk 71km across the Lake District.

Members of Carpe Diem’s boot camp start the gruelling challenge at 9am on August 5 when they will canoe 31km across Lake Windermere and Lake Bassenthwaite.

The 14-strong team will be carrying all their own kit, food, waterproofs and spare clothes.

They will then jump on their mountain bikes to cycle 21km before hiking 19km and finishing at 9am on August 6.

Donna, who owns Carpe Diem fitness, said: “There are 14 of us in the team and we are all striving to get fitter, leaner and stronger than we have ever been so we can accomplish this challenge in a good time.

“We are all training at high intensity at least three times a week, eating healthily and then doing sport specific training on top of that.

“Personally, I am really looking forward to this challenge this year as I feel we have a fantastic team.”

The fitness fanatics are hoping to raise £8,400 for the Royal Marines Charity, which supports current and former marines and their families.

Donna is an avid supporter of the cause as her dad was a military man.

Donna said: “Ten years ago, I was introduced to The Royal Marines Commando Challenge which meant I got to run the endurance course used by the Royal Marines every day in training.

“I loved it so much I made it one of Carpe Diem’s events and since then, I have run two teams in it every year and raised over £25,000 for the Royal Marines Charity.

“I am now a Royal Marines cadet instructor in Bristol and I love what I do, I love being part of the Royal Marines family and that’s why they are my chosen charity.”

The team taking on the challenge comprises of Donna Jordan, Del Williams, Steph Darbin, Marianne Elwin, Bev Ballagher, Kay Dowling, Amy Slade, Julie Raby, Jodie Pearce, Gino Resteghini, Jason Gooderham, Sophie Ake, Liz Gowing and Kayleigh Yeoman.

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