BOTH Lizzie Kelly and Rachael Burford have had phenomenal careers in their respective sports.
Kelly became the first female jockey to win a Grade 1 race in 2015 with Tea for Two, while Burford was a key member of the England Women team that won the Rugby World Cup in 2014.
They are both in training for huge upcoming events in the sporting calendar.
Kelly is set to compete at the Cheltenham Festival in less than three weeks’ time, after having her first winner at the Festival last year on board Coo Star Sivola in the Ultima Handicap Chase.
Burford is part of the England Women’s Six Nations squad that faces Wales at Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday.
Kelly, 25, and Burford, 32, showcased their remarkable athletic ability during the challenge, and provided some unexpected results in the four tests they undertook. The exercises that formed the contest were:
- The Plank
- Vertical Jump
- 30 second Wattbike test
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Lizzie Kelly, winner of two Grade 1 races in her career so far, said: “I hope I showed to people the fitness and strength that jockeys have to have in order to compete on a daily basis.
“In sports like rugby, professionals have a lot more coaching and training than jockeys do, so I imagined before that Rachael was likely to beat me.
“It was nice to see that I could hold my own against someone who has represented their country more than 80 times in a sport like rugby.”
Rachael Burford, Harlequins Ladies and England centre, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed pitting myself against Lizzie in this set of fitness challenges.
“As an elite athlete, I relish competition, and to be able to go against a top-class competitor from a different sport was extremely exciting.
“Lizzie showed the kind of shape you have to be in to be a top jockey and she certainly opened my eyes to the challenges that her training programme provides – of course I’m talking about the Equiciser!
“I wish her the best of luck for the rest of the season and hope to welcome her back to The Stoop for The Game Changer on Saturday 30 March.”
|Exercise:||Lizzie Kelly||Rachael Burford|
|The Plank||3 mins 2 secs||3 mins 4 secs|
|Watt Bike 30-sec test||4.70 W/kg||4.47 W/kg|
|The Equiciser||2 mins @ 120bpm||1 min @ 120bpm|