KENDAL bodybuilder Helen Thwaites returned from the NPA Finals (Natural Physique Association) on Saturday as Miss GB Trained Figure over 40s 2018.

Helen was invited to contest in her chosen category with entrants from all over Britain after successfully qualifying from her previous British Title in 2017.

Each competitor was judged over three rounds, comprising comparisons, compulsory poses and individual routines.

Helen, who regularly trains at the Westmorland CrossFit Gym, has been bodybuilding since 1999. She said: "I am truly happy to win such an award for the second year running".

Helen competes as a Miss Trained Figure athlete, which takes considerable dedication to achieve the required physique.

She added: "Following an injury in May, not only am I delighted to receive such a high award but I am grateful to Rachel Kent who specialises in the treatment of sporting injuries without whose help I would not have been able to compete."