No challenge too tough for Kelly

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An Isle fitness instructor pushed her own strength and stamina to the limit by entering and conquering a gruelling course challenge.

Kelly Halsey of Bawtry, who instructs at Epworth’s Isle lose It fitness academy, took on the daunting task of the Yorkshire Warrior to test herself while raising cash for the cancer charity TeamVerrico.

Kelly, who moved to the area then joined Isle lose It just 18 months ago to lose her ‘baby weight’, undertook the Yorkshire warrior course at the weekend.

The fitness fan and young mum lost four-and-a-half stone with Isle Lose It and says she is fitter than she has ever been. She joined the staff at the academy and now coaches at boot camp three mornings a week while working full time in Leeds. She claims her life is lived at ‘100 miles per hour’.

Kelly, 38, added: “ I love to challenge myself and have taken part in many muddy obstacle races.

“So this year my aim was to complete the Yorkshire Warrior which is an 11-mile obstacle race that involves electrocution, muddy hills and swimming through lakes.

“Having taken part last year, my goal was to compete in under three hours. I have been raising money for TeamVerrico in the process.

“Never did I imagine I would be doing stuff like this 18 months ago.”

“It was fantastic. The course wall defeated me last year but this year I was having none of that.”

Kelly finished the course in an impressive two hours 40 minutes with her challenge partner Caroline Chisnall.

She said: “We pulled a fast one and went on an earlier wave time . Absolutely smashed it. Loved every minute.”

The Yorkshire Warrior is described by its organisers as the ultimate challenge. This year it began at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate, and involved 10 plus miles across the Yorkshire countryside with hills, bogs and thick mud, a 200 metre river walk, an 800 metre dark underground tunnel, fire hazards, an ice bath, barbed wire, an electric fence, crawling, climbing, log carrying and other arduous tasks.

Entrants are told they will need strength, stamina, determination and probably some trusty comrades to assist them as they attempt to become a Warrior. This year a gentler Warrior course of five miles was also introduced.