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Grantham woman treks up and down Bellmount Tower 100 times in one day




A Grantham woman has raised nearly £2,000 after climbing up and down Bellmount Tower hill 100 times.

Debbie Johnson, of Denton Avenue, Grantham, was encouraged to take on the 44-mile challenge by her life coach Chris Oakes, to give the mum of two something to
aim for.

Debbie decided to raise money for Reuben’s Retreat and the Naomi Fardell fund and started training at the tower, off Five Gates Lane, but admits that she was not prepared for howphysically and mentally tough it would be.

Debbie Johnson '100 Belmont Hill challenge'. (13721687)
Debbie Johnson '100 Belmont Hill challenge'. (13721687)

She said: “I set off at 5am and finished 17 hours later.”

Debbie was joined on the day by her friends and family, including husband Nick, who accompanied her on 94 of the climbs on the day, and Chris, who climbed with Debbie 99 times but wouldn’t do the 100th as he wanted it to be Debbie’s moment.

Debbie Johnson '100 Belmont Hill challenge'. (13721691)
Debbie Johnson '100 Belmont Hill challenge'. (13721691)

Debbie added: “The support throughout the day was incredible.

“There was still around 40 people waiting for me to cross the finish line at 11pm.

“It was very emotional. I was so tired that it felt like an out of body experience. I couldn’t have done it without everyone’s support.

“It was tough but I just thought that if you’re going to do a challenge, it has got to be an actual challenge.”

To donate: Visit: www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DebbieJohnson12

Debbie Johnson '100 Belmont Hill challenge'. (13721689)
Debbie Johnson '100 Belmont Hill challenge'. (13721689)

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