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The Beijing Biddies prepare for round two of their adventure

Kate Sleath and Edwina Sorkin will be driving to the Arctic Circle Photo: ITV Border

Edwina Sorkin and Kate Sleath aren't your average Grandmas.

In 2014, the self proclaimed 'Beijing Biddies' drove from Cumbria to Beijing in 29 days, raising for charity.

Two years late, Edwina 70, and Kate 65, are back in the driving seat ready to tackle a new journey to somewhere much colder.

Edwina Sorkin back in the driving seat Credit: ITV Border

On February 24, the pair will buckle up for a new adventure. A journey of 2,700 miles will take them from Cumbria to Nordkapp - 350 miles inside the Arctic Circle. And they're doing it in one go, only stopping for fuel and toilet breaks.

They aim to raise £100,00 for Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support.

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The original biddies are joined by 3 younger recruits (Helen Stobart, 50, Liz Tinkler 49, Kerrie Ellison 44) to provide support along the journey.

New recruits, Helen, Liz and Kerrie prepare to tackle their first four wheel adventure Credit: ITV Border

The team will divide between two 4x4 vehicles, with two people driving, two navigating whilst the other sleeps.

There is no timescale for the journey as the sub zero temperatures, as low as minus 40 degrees celcius, could cause a whole host of problems.

The journey will take the team through Holland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway before they reach the Arctic Circle.

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We've had to do a lot of preparation. We've been having tutorials on ice and snow driving, car maintenance. Edwina has been working out in the gym and I do Pilates. We need to keep flexible and have great mobility because we could be sat in the car for a very very long time."

– Kate Sleath, Beijing Biddies

You have to do something big, bold and wacky to raise peoples attention to your cause. This is a real adventure. We're on our way and it's a dream come true."

– Edwina Sorkin, Beijing Biddies

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