A sports shop owner has dived in to a training regime designed to prepare her for an extreme obstacle course race later this week.
Helen Nottingham, 52, runs Buzzard Sports in North Street and heard about the Warrior Adrenaline Race while talking to some of her customers.
Looking to get in shape for the summer, Helen decided to take on the challenge with her daughter Kelly and two friends in aid of Willen Hospice and is now training at the energie fitness club.
She said: “We had a few customers come in who had entered themselves, and I thought if they can do it then so can I.
“I have to say I don’t really like gyms, they have never made me feel very enthusiastic, but when you get there it’s not too bad.”
Having never been to a gym before, Helen approached energie for help and club manager Lee Toon offered to take care of her preparation for the big day on Saturday, April 26.
Said Helen: “I spoke to Lee and he very kindly offered to train me as I was to raise money for Willen Hospice.
“He’s upped my programme. He reviews it every two weeks and sets me new things to do.”
Helen is running the 5km race at Dunstable Downs and has been told that her team will be carrying a log between them.
Other elements of the course include a barbed wire crawl, muddy tunnels and monkey bars.