Michelle’s Tri-Hard army is on the grow

PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:58 27 July 2017

Members from Tri-Hards on their bikes in Exmouth near Orcombe Point. Picture: Michelle Stammers

Members from Tri-Hards on their bikes in Exmouth near Orcombe Point. Picture: Michelle Stammers

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A social group looking to help each other exercise has been set up in Exmouth.

An Exmouth childminder is urging women of all ages and abilities to get involved with a new social activity group.

The Tri-Hards are a group of women ranging between the ages of 21 and 56 who meet several times a week to run, cycle and swim.

In the space of nearly a month, the group has grown from an idea to now having hundreds of members across the town.

Tri-Hards is the brainchild of Michelle Stammers, 38, of Withycombe, who said the group is aimed at women of all abilities.

She told the Journal: “We thought there is something here for people who want to join us.

“It’s about getting someone active who might have a bike their not using or running shoes there not wearing.”

After being inspired by her husband Neal’s adventures taking on a cycling challenge between Land’s End and John O’Groats in 67 hours, spread over 300 days, Michelle decided to take action.

She dusted off her old ‘bobbin bike’, which she admitted only saw the light of day once a year.

Michelle traded it in for a bike more suited to multi-terrain challenges and competitions.

She got some friends involved and the Facebook group for Tri-Hards has since reached more than 100 members in a month.

One member posted on Facebook: “Most ladies just think about exercising, but you actually made it happen.”

Another said: “A great new club for ladies of any age to meet up and improve fitness.”

Members meet up to four times a week to run, cycle and swim in a social environment and have recently got sponsorship from The Grapevine, in Victoria Road, and Knobblies Bikes, in Exeter Road, for various events.

Some of the Tri-hards from the group took part in the Torbay Half Marathon last month and are gearing up for the Exmouth Exterminator cycle challenge next month.

They are also planning to take on the Haldon Night Run and the Autumn Breeze, in Exeter, later this year.


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