AN equestrian from Simonstone is preparing for the challenge of a lifetime – a six-day trek through the mountains of Peru – in a bid to raise £5,000 for charity.
Mrs Carol Edmondson (49), of Harewood Avenue, who started riding ponies at the age of four, will embark on the Peru Inca Challenge in aid of the British Horse Society in May.
The challenge involves trekking by foot and native ponies through the Andes mountains, starting at an altitude of 10,000ft., following the ancient trails of the Incas, and camping out in between.
Carol, who was told she would never ride again after dislocating her knee 10 years ago, said: “Camping is new to me, as is hiking – never mind in the Andes, so I am working really hard to get fit for this. I’ve never experienced high altitude so won’t know until I get there if I suffer from altitude sickness or not. “However the hardest part for me is the fund-raising in the current economic climate.
“I am looking for sponsors to donate either cash or gifts that can be auctioned off to raise funds, and online sponsorship through justgiving. Every penny counts and I need as many as people can spare.
“My husband and daughter think I’ve lost my marbles, but I really feel ready for a challenge.”
Carol, who lives with husband Phillip and 14-year-old daughter Amy, competes successfully in endurance riding events and has recently started power walking and doing excerises to improve her balance in preparation for the trek.
She has had her 16-year-old horse Be for seven years and was prompted to take part before her fiftieth birthday later this year.
To sponsor Carol visit her online fund-raising page at www.justgiving.com/Carol.Edmondson.