Paddleboarder completes epic journey around coast

Jennifer Greenlees
Jennifer Greenlees

A woman who lost her cousin and aunt to cancer has completed an epic three-day, stand-up paddle around the north coast, raising £1,400 to date in their memory.

Before landing in Bangor yesterday afternoon, Jennifer Greenlees battled the waves for 70 miles all the way from Portballintrae.

The 41-year-old holistic therapist from Belfast had originally been inspired to raise money for her cousin Allyson Bell’s specialist treatment in Canada to fight breast and ovarian cancer.

Sadly Allyson, 54, lost her battle with the disease last month, but Jennifer pressed ahead with the challenge to support her family with medical and other expenses.

Fresh out of the water, Jennifer said she hoped the ordeal hadn’t put her off paddleboarding for life.

“It was harder than I thought. If it was too choppy I was on my knees but it was a mixture of on my knees and standing. It might have been about half and half, or maybe slightly more kneeling,” she said.

Allyson’s mother, Eleanor Greenlees, also died of cancer 18 months ago, aged 81, but memories of her determination while she fought the disease provided the inspiration for Jennifer’s ambitious fundraiser.

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