Two north Norfolk women are to tackle a trio of powerwalking marathons inside five weeks to raise funds to fight breast cancer.

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Lisa Payne and Olivia Newstead from Mundesley and North Walsham will stride out on a total 78.6 miles at events in London, Edinburgh and Iceland - wearing bras in the middle of the night.

It follows their involvement in the London Moonwalk last year, and to raise funds they have enlisted the help of other supporters who have stripped off for a saucy WI-style calendar.

“A group of 19 of us did the Moonwalk last year, but afterwards we wanted a bigger challenge,” said Lisa, a 37-year-old child care assistant, who like 39-year-old student nurse Olivia, is self-confessed fitness fan.

They decided to tackle the Three Land Challenge being run by the same Walk the Walk organisation behind the Moonwalk event and supporting the same charity fund which helps with breast cancer research and support.

When discussing fundraising “a friend’s husband mentioned a calendar girls calendar as a joke - but we talked to a few other ladies and they were all happy to join in.”

Within a couple of weeks a range of pictures had been taken by photographer friend Wendy Copping at local venues ranging from a village florist and cafe to the lifeboat station and driving range.

“We did attract the attention of the local policeman when we posed next to the village sign in our dressing gowns,” she smiled. “He wanted to know if we were all right.”

Lisa and Olivia are now in training for the three powerwalks in London on May 11, Edinburgh on June 8 and Iceland on June 15. Lisa said she was particularly looking forward to the Iceland one, which despite being at midnight will be in daylight in the “land of the midnight sun.”

The pair hope to raise at least £1,000 from the sales of the £10 calendars and about £2,000 in all. They have covered all their costs themselves, so all money now being raised goes straight to the cause.

As well as training for the walks, they will have to get busy with their handicraft skills too, as they have to wear decorated bras - with the London one being based on “space.”

To support their effort visit Calendars are available in various Mundesley shops including the florists, hairdressers, greengrocers, gallery and Jupe fashions.




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