Meet the team
In 2008, The Serpentine Golden Girls successfully completed their quest to finish one of the toughest and most gruelling cycle challenges in the world, Race Across America (RAAM). Now, after eleven years, the team are back and despite a combined age of over 280 years, they're getting ready to return to the RAAM stage to be the combat the 3,000 mile course, once again.
Eddie Brocklesby is the oldest British woman to have completed an Ironman triathlon at the age of 74. She has spent the last twenty years taking part in marathons, triathlons and Ironman races across the globe, has represented GB in many European and World triathlon and duathlon championships. Eddie is passionate about the fitness of our ageing population, and after 50 years of social work she founded the charity Silverfit in 2013 to promote physical activity and fun for older people. The charity and Eddie's sporting achievements have garnered much national attention in the media.
Margaret Sills comes from a swimming background but took up running in her early 30s with a debut marathon in 1982 in London. Triathlon caught her eye in 1983 and she has competed in triathlons ever since. She qualified for the GB Age Group triathlon team for the first time in 1995 and has raced standard, middle and long distance world and european championships in GB strip many times since then. She has raced several full and half Ironman triathlons, qualifying for the World Ironman championships in Kona (Hawaii) in 2004, subsequently also racing 70.3 World Championships eg in USA (4th) and South Africa (7th). In 2018 she won the 65-69 age group at the European Middle Distance championships in Ibiza. In 2017 Margaret completed the 3 ascents and descents of Mount Ventoux and thus joining the Cinglé du Ventoux club.
Hilary Walker started as an ultra-distance runner, running for GB as an international elite at 100K and 24H events, winning the European 100K championships in 1992 and medalling in the world and european championships in other years in 1990s. She has also held a number of world best performance at distances from 50 miles to 200 miles, 24Hs and 48 hrs. Record at 200 miles and running from Lhasa to Kathmandu still not broken. Came to more serious biking with triathlon aged 50+ and now find best strength in cycling. Hilary has had a career as a scientist and a senior civil servant with a Ph.D in Radiation Biology, with experience in national emergency planning and public health, which she hopes will not be needed during RAAM 2019!
Hilary Webber, or Hils as she likes to be known, got hooked on running after completing her first London Marathon in 1986, aged 38. By 1993 Hils had progressed to doing triathlons, racing the ITU 1998 World Championships in Lausanne, Montreal 1999 and Perth 2000. Hils went on to win gold in her age group at the ITU Long Distance World Championships in L’Orient in 2007, before taking on Ironman triathlons including the Hawaii World Championships in 2010. She has completed the Etape du Tour four times as the oldest woman and has completed the 150 mile Coast-to-Coast in a day, cycled the North West Coast and completed Lands End to John O’Groats, solo in 2012. Most recently Hils has completed the Liege Marathon, Dragon Ride, Dorset Dagger, Geneva to Nice 7 day tour, Ventoux, Cambridge and the ICU Granfondo World Championship in which she finished 6th in the 65+ category.