Cancer survivor Nicky Spinks finishes 132-mile fell challenge

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Image caption The farmer from West Yorkshire completed the challenged to celebrate beating breast cancer in 2006

A breast cancer survivor has completed a 132-mile fell run across the Lake District's highest peaks in less than 48 hours.

Nicky Spinks, 49, is only the second person to complete a double Bob Graham Round, in a record time of 45 hours and 30 minutes.

A complete single round is a 66-mile circuit of 42 summits within the space of 24 hours.

The West Yorkshire farmer faced the challenge to celebrate beating cancer.

She said: "My main aim was to celebrate the fact that I am still here, living and running 10 years after being diagnosed and treated for breast cancer."

Ms Spinks began her challenge just after midnight on Saturday in Keswick before running through Dunmail, Wasdale and Yewbarrow in the dark and finishing at 21:30 BST.

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Image caption The runner and farmer has raised almost £9,000 for a cancer charity

The Bob Graham Round is named after a Keswick guest-house owner, who broke the Lakeland Fell record by traversing 42 fells within a 24-hour period in 1932.

Ms Spinks, who runs a farm in Gawthorpe, near Huddersfield, began running competitively in 2001 in a four-mile fell race. She had a hysterectomy in 2012.

In 2011, she set a new women's record of 64 for the number of Lakeland peaks climbed in 24 hours.

The old record of 62 peaks was achieved by Anne Johnson in 1994.

The only person to previously complete a Double Bob Graham Round in less than 48 hours was Roger Baumeister, in 1979 in 46 hours and 34 minutes.

So far Ms Spinks has raised just under £9,000 for the charity Odyssey which helps adult rebuild their lives after cancer.

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Image caption Nicky Spinks taking a break to eat during her gruelling challenge

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