Hillbilly Beauts to race sun

Jenny Vickers, Nicola Wood, Ruth Oldfield and Coco Oates.
Jenny Vickers, Nicola Wood, Ruth Oldfield and Coco Oates.

A team of four adventurous mums is tackling an epic endurance race in a bid to raise £10,000 for children’s charity Action Medical Research.

Sisters Jenny Vickers and Ruth Oldfield will be joined by Nicola Wood and Coco Oates for the Race the Sun challenge on Saturday, August 29.

The gruelling event sees teams of four head to the Lake District to cycle 50 miles, climb the 950m Helvellyn and canoe Thirlmere, starting at sunrise and finishing by sunset – racing the sun.

Ruth says the quartet from north Northumberland – who have seven children between them – was inspired to raise funds for the charity, which funds medical research into conditions affecting babies and children, after a friend’s baby was born prematurely; their mothers are also on Action Medical Research’s committees in Alnwick and Belford, so support runs in the family.

“We all have small children so a charity that helps children was an important factor for us too.

“I have twins and when my daughter Isabella was born, she was in special care for a week.

“I was so lucky as that’s such a short time, but it did make me realise that it must be incredibly tough for parents with very poorly children.”

So far the team, dubbed The Hillbilly Beauts, have raised nearly £8,500 with friends and family lending a hand.

They also held Tughallfest, a mini music festival at Tughall Grange, in May and organised a wine tasting evening and auction. Visit action.org.uk/sponsor/hillbillybeauts