Starting at Loch Ness on Sunday 11th March – Mother’s Day – the team will be braving the cold as they swim across Scotland’s most famous loch.
The mums lace up their hiking boots as they try to conquer Helvellyn, via Swirral Edge, in the Lake District. This gruelling mix of climbing and walking includes a daunting ascent of almost 1km.
There’s no let-up in sight as the team cycle up three of the Lake District’s toughest passes.
Heading deep underground, they’ll have to crawl their way through tight passages and navigate a maze of dark caverns to make it out of Porth Yr Ogof cave in the Brecon Beacons.
The final day of the challenge on 16th March culminates in, quite literally, a marathon finish, as our fearless mums tackle a run across the hilly Welsh coast.
Amal went from being the “fittest she’d ever been” to being barely able to exercise after giving birth. She struggled terribly with postnatal depression, but she is keen to use the challenge as an almighty platform to raise awareness about mental health surrounding childbirth.
After a traumatic birth and uncertainty of her daughters long term prognosis, Debbie experienced severe depression. She sought counselling, which she described as an amazing help. Debbie thinks life at 50 has become a bit easy now, so is relishing the challenge and the chance to mix it up a bit!
Jodi experienced severe postnatal depression, after a traumatic birth. She met her new partner and decided to have another child, but a second bout of depression linked to her pregnancy was even stronger than the first. In the event of the birth, she had to undergo an emergency c-section.
Leigh and her husband Colin struggled to get pregnant 15 years ago, so chose to try IVF. Unfortunately, though she became pregnant after the first round of IVF, Leigh had a miscarriage. At the second attempt however she gave birth to healthy twins – “one pink, one blue.”
The mums are taking on their challenge, and now it’s over to you. Download the app, track your steps and take part in the Nation’s Billion Steps challenge.
Thanks to Berghaus, Dare2b, LIV, Giant, Altura, Garmin, New Balance, On Running, Huub, Snugpak, Haglofs and Dryrobe.