Remarkable Eddie Steps Up To The Challenge

Eddie Brocklesby

As someone who can get out of breath just climbing a set of stairs, I was really amazed at the lady we’re featuring in May 12 issue of the “Friend”.

Edwina Brockelsby aka “Irongran” (the title of her new book), thought she was mad to take on the challenge of a half-marathon at the age of fifty, only to discover she had so much more to give.

In fact, Eddie, at the age of seventy-four, earned herself the acclaim of being the oldest British woman to have completed an Ironman triathlon . . . and she’s still competing.

Keen to encourage others to become more active, Eddie has founded the charity Silverfit specifically to prove that “it’s not too late to start getting that bit more active.”

A Step Too Far?

Thanks to Eddie I’ve been encouraged to step things up a bit myself, not quite taking on a triathlon but adding Pilates to the usual yoga and getting out for a power walk when the weather is nice. It’s the perfect way to stretch off muscles after sitting in the office.

I’m enjoying the walking so much, in fact, that my sister-in-law has thrown down the gauntlet of taking part in the Dundee Kiltwalk, which helps raise funds for good causes.

The only thing I need to decide is whether to do “The Big Stroll” (11 miles) or take on “The Mighty Stride” (25 miles). Is the latter a step (or a few thousand) too far?

I’ll let you know!


Keep up with all of the wonderful activities our team gets up to here.


Photo credit to Susanne Hakuba

Yvonne McKenzie

Yvonne works on the Features team and admits to being nosy, so loves looking after the Between Friends letters and finding out all about our lovely readers. She also looks after our health copy and enjoys writing about inspiring people that help make the articles in the magazine so interesting.