An accountant who moved from Spalding to France ten years ago is to follow in the footsteps of Hillary and Tenzing in taking on Mount Everest.
Keen trail runner Sam Brooks (41) will be taking her love of outdoor sports to the ultimate level in May when she takes part in the Everest Marathon for charity.
The 26.2-mile marathon s named after the first people ever to reach the top of the world’s highest mountain, New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay of Nepal.
Sam will be joined by six other members of the Neverest Girls, a women’s running club based in Chamonix in the French Alps.
“I got into trail running, up in the mountains, on dirt tracks and rocky plains, when I moved to France from Spalding about ten years ago,” Sam said.
“Then my friend Nikki heard about the Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon and thought it would be a nice one to undertake.
“It’s going to be a terrific race at very high altitude and we hope to raise about £12,500 for A Chacun son Everest, a charity based in Chamonix that provides care for women and children recovering from cancer.
“When we looked into it and found out the charity was completely funded by donations, supported women and has Everest in the name, we thought was an ideal fit with the marathon.”
Sam, whose mum Gillian Morton lives in Vernatts Green, Spalding, faces a two-week hike up to Everest Base Camp where the marathon starts at almost 17,600ft up.
She then faces a mostly downhill course, but with two steep climbs and through snow, ice and varying temperatures before reaching the finishing line at just over 11,300ft.
To sponsor Sam, go to www.theneverestgirls.com