content to sit back and let or poor rusty old hips recover the
grannies decided to get even more silly in 2005.
We tackled the 3 'peaknics' challenge by climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell
Pike and Mount Snowdon and cycling the 470 miles between them.
We also hobbled around the Wilmslow Half Marathon, struggled uphill
all the way in the Jungfrau Mountain Marathon in the Swiss Alps.
The grannies also climbed the height of Mount Everest in a day,
dressed up as Super-Heroes to prove how macho they were and hung
around at football matches asking strangers to make donations
in grannies special slot.
And once again lots of beautiful old dears frocked on for the
Manchester to Blackpool bike ride...
down to find out just how silly 2005 was!!
Town: 2 - Go Granny Go: £531.11
grand day out for the 'ladies'.
This time we were shaking our buckets at a football match.
The punters didn't know where to look as six gallons of cheap perfume
and the contents of several charity shops was cat-walked around
it was old lady luck, but the home team stormed through to beat
Bristol Rovers 2-1.
The girls also fielded a convincing formation, defending all the
entrances to the ground, much to the amusement and bemusement of
the home and away fans.
We even managed to put the away team and a visiting 'Big Ron' Atkinson
off their strides with our beautiful flowery frocks.
But the 90 minutes was soon over and the grannies had skilfully
tackled their way through a crowded box to slot home a convincing
£531.11 home win for Christies.
( However none of them will be attempting an overhead scissor kick
again though...!! )
A grantastic ' thank you dear!! ' to everyone who made
a donation xxx
of the other 4000 or so runners, nor any of the thousands
of spectators, were expecting a group of elderly 'ladies'
to be competing with them in one of Europe's toughest marathons.
26 mile course gently climbed for the first 15 miles through
the stunning Lauterbrunnen valley, before a brutal ascent
to Wengen, and a quick blow of an alpine horn.
it was even steeper upwards and onwards to eventually finish at
kleine Schiedag, in the shadow of the north face of the Eiger.
That's 2205 metres or 7234 feet above sea level!!
more pictures coming soon xxx
to Blackpool 2005
fourth annual mass day release from the GoGrannyGo residential home,
once again, saw a seething mass of ill-fitting floral frocks and
stockings, pedalling towards the promenades.
met a lovely young man on the starting line in the form of Olympic
Chris Hoy. He even insisted on mounting Umas bicycle... even though
she was still on it!
With support like that we were confident we could break our record
of just under nine hours.
Penny Farting had brought a secret weapon this year, riding a little
tiny motorised monkey bike. She'd spent hours in her shed boring
out her cylinders for a little extra performance.
It wasn't cheating, it's just a lady of her vintage also has slightly
Despite stopping at almost every pub to badly re-apply our make-up,
(and the rest...) we still managed to reach the Las Vegas
of the north in under eight hours.
Maybe it was due to all the new grannies who joined us this year,
or perhaps it was the prospect of hanging out the back of the Big
One... One can never tell.
A great big ' thank you luv!! ' to everyone who sponsored
on the image above for more pictures of this ride
keen for another challenge the grannies found another chance
to shake their sticks at passers-by.
The plan was to cycle around some very hilly off road circuits
enough times until we had climbed the equivalent altitude
And all within 24 hours!!!
We did it with several hundred feet to spare, before retiring
to the local public house for rabbit pie and a refreshing
glass of sherry.
on the image for more pictures!!
It had been suggested that Go Granny Go team members had somehow
diminished their masculinity by wearing frocks and all that make-up.
To counter these ludicrous claims we decided to do the most manly
thing we could think of.
So out came the capes and tight lycra (and in some cases make-up)
for an evenings extreme fund raising mountain bike action.
on the KABOOM!! for pictures of this event
March - 3rd April 2005:
3 Peak-nics Challenge
on the image for the full story!!
Three pic-nics on the summit of three mountains in the
space of nine days?
The only problem, apart from running out of cake, was that
Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon were so far apart and
we only had our trusty push bikes to get us there!
3 mountain climbs, 3 pic-nics and 470 miles of cycling in
just nine days.
the biggest and stupidest event we've ever done...
3rd April 2005:
Big Granny Ramble
Time to fill your thermos flask and pack your lunch box for
a lovely day walking in the splendid countryside.
Some of the grannies cycled all the way from Scotland via Ben
Nevis and Scafell Pike just to join their elderly chums for another
Twenty or so elderly 'ladies' and a few grand-children joined
us for a jolly jaunt up Snowdon. We all enjoyed a the last of
the 3 peak-nics on the summit despite freezing winds, rain and
on the image above for more pictures of this event
Wilmslow Half Marathon
Hundreds of athletes from all over the country had been training
hard throughout the winter months to run this early season event,
only to be trounced by several grumpy old 'ladies' in desperate
need of a nice cup of tea.
Disco Doreen & Uma Thermals - 1 hour 56
Anita Pee - 2 hours 4 minutes
Rosie Glow - 2 hours 6 minutes
Beryl Kenieval - 2 hours 16 minutes and a broken knee.
a look at the COMING
SOON page to see what we're getting up to next...