The Lake District 24-hour Triathlon Challenge
St Neots GP Lisa Menozzi is in training for a 24-hour triathlon with a twist. She and three friends from university will take part in this extremely tough dawn to dusk event where they will cycle 22 miles off-road route with 2500ft of ascent around Coniston's challenging terrain, navigate a 2-mile course on Coniston Water, and finally summit the Old Man Of Coniston, one of the Lake District's most iconic peaks with an altitude of 803m, on a 7 mile round trip to raise money for this incredible cause.
The team is taking on the challenge to raise funds for Action Medical Research which is a leading UK charity dedicated to funding research to help sick and disabled babies, children and young people. Action have been funding medical breakthroughs for 70 years now and have helped to beat polio, fight meningitis, prevent stillbirths and develop ultrasound scanning in pregnancy. They are now driving forward children's research, including in the fight against COVID-19 and rare diseases.
Lisa's was in the women's first VIII rowing team at university and has taken part in the London Marathon for Lung Cancer. She is passionate about the benefits of exercise: "Our university team qualified for Henley and did quite well back in the day so we wanted to keep that physical side going and are training for this challenge individually but have some joint training sessions lined up as well. Regular exercise is so beneficial as preventative medicine, looking after our bodies and helping mental health so I would encourage everyone to take up an active sport or hobby. Apparently, people who exercise regularly do 15% better in exams so it is really important for mental clarity and mental health as well as general wellbeing."
Huge thanks to those who can support this gruelling challenge for Action Medical by donating here: