Sheffield mother is hopping mad at hitting 40!

Bouncing along: Becky Lehane gears up for her adventure with children Rose and Michael.

Bouncing along: Becky Lehane gears up for her adventure with children Rose and Michael.

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Cousins Becky Lehane and Emma Garrod are living proof that life really does begin at 40.

Mother-of-two Mrs Lehane, of Totley and Mrs Garrod will embark on an epic journey from Sheffield to Peterborough this bank holiday weekend to mark reaching the big 4-0.

The 75-mile journey might not seem like a mammoth undertaking from the outset, but there is a twist- they will be using 40 different modes of transportation to reach their destination.

From a tractor to tram, zip wire to zimmer frame and pedalo to pogo stick, they will travel for at least 40 metres using each form of transport on their weird and wonderful list.

Businesses, organisations, friends and family from both ladies’ areas have helped in their mission to mark the milestone.

They were forced to alter some of their arrangements earlier this week following the blaze at Sheffield Ski Village, as the venue had originally offered to help provide some of the different modes of transport.

Luckily, alternative arrangements were made in the nick of time.

As well as giving Mrs Lehane and Mrs Garrod, who lives in Peterborough, a celebration they will never forget, the pair are also aiming to raise cash for good causes through the feat.

Charity worker Mrs Lehane said: “I turned 40 at the end of March and I was trying to think of a way I could celebrate and raise some money. I didn’t want to do a run or anything like that. It had to be different. Then Emma came up with the idea.

“I’m looking forward to it. The one I am probably most excited to do is Segway because I’ve never done it before.

“People have been really supportive and offered to help and we both want to thank everyone for that.”

The pair were setting off from the miniature railway in the woods at Abbeydale, Sheffield, this morning and aim to finish in Peterborough on Sunday.

* Mrs Lehane and Mrs Garrod are raising money for ASSIST Sheffield. To sponsor them, visit the website www.justgiving.com/Rebecca-Lehane.

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