Western Mail

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.

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