Sisters’ cycle challenge

Kath Adnitt and Diane Ashworth are doing a bike ride in Kenya for womens' cancers
Kath Adnitt and Diane Ashworth are doing a bike ride in Kenya for womens' cancers

AN INTREPID Matlock woman will saddle up with her sister for the ride of a lifetime when they tackle a 400km adventure across Kenya.

Diane Ashworth, 48, will join sister Kath Adnitt and 160 other women in February for the Women V Cancer fundraiser.

Kath will be the first person to ever attempt the challenge with a prosthetic leg.

The 49-year-old lost her left leg to a rare bone infection six years ago after she sustained a simple cut to her limb- standing on a sea shell while holidaying in Ibiza.

After her leg swelled, doctors wanted to initially amputate her toe, but were forced to sever the limb below the knee after the bone disintegrated during the operation.

Diane recalled Kath giving up her crutches just two days after she got her new limb.

She said: “When Kath lost her leg people think that’s the end of you, you’re going to be confined to a wheelchair, but not a chance.

“I’m extremely proud of her.

“She’s the most stubborn person I know and I love her to death.

“I’ll be riding with 160 women but the most courageous person will be my sister. She’s an inspiration to everyone.”

Kath added: “I wanted to challenge myself.

“Life’s for living, you never know what’s around the corner, this could happen to anyone.”