Duo to take on marathon chal­lenge in the Ama­zon

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SHE’S taken on the Arc­tic and the desert – and now a South Wales mum is get­ting ready to tackle the depths of the Ama­zon in a gru­elling 230km jun­gle run.

Ex­treme fit­ness duo Sarah Draper and Ann Evans are get­ting ready to take on their big­gest chal­lenge to date in a five-day jun­gle ul­tra-marathon.

Run­ning the equiv­a­lent of a full marathon every day, the pair will deal with tem­per­a­tures of up to 30°C and 100% hu­mid­ity as they trek through miles of Peru’s suf­fo­cat­ing jun­gle un­der­growth.

Start­ing on June 4, Sarah, 42, and Ann, 60, will first be­gin at al­ti­tude in the breath­tak­ing cloud for­est of the An­des Moun­tains be­fore wind­ing down sin­gle track roads to the val­leys below.

From there group will reach the canopy, cross­ing the Ama­zon count­less times in their jour­ney through the Unesco world her­itage site.

For Sarah, the chal­lenge comes as the lat­est in a se­ries of awe-in­spir­ing chal­lenges since found­ing Merthyr Tyd­fil gym In­spire Fit­ness and health pro­gramme Merthyr Girls Can.

The mum-of-two said: “It’s go­ing to be 90 to 100% hu­mid­ity and we are stay­ing in ham­mocks at night – ap­par­ently deal­ing with the in­spects and bugs is tough.

“We’re just go­ing to have to get used to it when we’re out there.”

Car­ry­ing 10kg packs of food and equip­ment, the chal­lenge will see the pair pushed to their lim­its in a group of the 50 bravest ath­letes from across the world.

Sarah said: “We’ve known about it for the last year so we’ve been con­tin­u­ously train­ing but now we are do­ing three days of big runs at a time to get used to leg fa­tigue.

“Me and Ann used to know each other but we got re­ally close three years ago when she started at the gym.

“My mum passed away when I was young so she’s like a sub­sti­tute mother so I’ll be su­per-pro­tec­tive over her.”

In the run-up to the event the women are now fundrais­ing to raise as much money as pos­si­ble for Velin­dre Cancer Cen­tre in Cardiff.

Any do­na­tions will add to Sarah’s pre­vi­ous char­ity to­tal of £80,000.

> Ann Evans and Sarah Draper

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