Iron Ellen completes charity challenge

An Exmouth woman is celebrating afetr completing her ‘iron maiden’ charity challenge.

Ellen Yeates, 36, set out to cycle 1,000 miles through France to Nice, before completing an Ironman triathlon - a 2.4-mile sea swim, a 112-mile alpine cycle ride and a marathon.

Not only did Ellen complete her challenge, finishing the Ironman in 15 hours and 15 minutes, but she ended up going further than she planned as a navigation error saw her cycle route extended to 1,100 miles.

Ellen, a lawyer who lives in Maer Lane, took on the challenge to raise money for HASAG, a support group for asbestos-related cancer sufferers, after her step-mother Sandra was diagnosed with mesothelioma.

Ellen’s dad Roger, and Sandra, supported Ellen first hand, following her through France in their campervan.

Ellen said: “I didn’t do the Ironman in the best time I could have, but it was probably the hottest day of the year and lots of people didn’t even finish. I ended up cycling part of the Tour de France route as well, so I’ve been watching it on the television going ‘I’ve been there!’”

So far Ellen has raised �1,300 for HASAG, but she is hoping to increase this total to �2,000 with a fundraising barbecue and further donations. To make a donation visit