Chamonix challenge for charity

Rachel Reed checks out the tough route with some family members on Boxing Day last year.
Rachel Reed checks out the tough route with some family members on Boxing Day last year.

A Pocklington woman is taking on a tough mountain challenge for charity.

Rachel Reed is tackling the gruelling Vertical Challenge run to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care and Bransby Horses.

The route Rachel will be taking during the Chamonix challenge.

The route Rachel will be taking during the Chamonix challenge.

Rachel, who ran her first mountain 10km race in Chamonix three years ago to raise funds for the Hull RI neuro surgical team who operated on her neck in 2012, is now set to take on the challenge of a lifetime to raise much-needed funds for the two charities.

The ‘Chamonix Mont Blanc Vertical Kilometre’ involves a gruelling 4,000 metres in which Rachel will ascent 1,000 metres up the side of the mountain, in the fastest possible time.

Rachel said: “Two thirds of the vertical is a zigzag track up the side of the mountain, underneath the Brevent chair lift. The final third is a series of steps, pedals, ladders and handrails, clambering over rocks about 1,000 metres high.

“I’ve been training hard since January, with the amazing and motivational support of my Personal Trainer, Eddie Sykes at Fitness Connection 1079 on Allerthorpe Business Park.

“It’s been a very interesting fitness challenge as it is a balance of improving my running fitness as well as strength training to help me clamber over rocks, pull myself up on ropes, as well as climbing a ladder two thirds up the side of the mountain.

“I’ve also been using the local hills as part of my training (Nunburnholme Hill is a personal favourite), but the hills around here are nothing like the average 25% incline I will be tackling in Chamonix. It is going to be both a physical and mental challenge.”

A lover of horses, around her training, Rachel currently part-loans a horse called Freddie and also rides a PSG dressage horse in weekly training sessions with Joyce Fearn in Beverley.

A friend of Rachel’s fosters a horse on the ‘Friend for Life’ scheme and seeing their relationship develop inspired Rachel to fundraise for Bransby Horses.

l If you would like to sponsor Rachel and help raise some charity funds, please visit the Virgin Money Giving page at http://bit.ly/1XgOyyb if you would like to sponsor her.