Sally steps out for Help for HeroesBy Lewis Rudd
October 10, 2011
A Wokingham woman who earlier this year scaled Mount Kilimanjaro three years after undergoing treatment for a fractured spine has taken on a 20-mile hike over the Salisbury Plain for charity.
Despite not being able to complete the full 26 miles for the walk, Sally Wilson has overcome the initial disappointment to reveal she is pleased with the strides she has taken to raise money for Help for Heroes.
A little over two months since climbing the 5,895-metres of Kilimanjaro the 42-year-old, who lives in Woodrow Drive, once again slipped on her hiking boots to take on the 26-mile walk, which took place on Sunday, September 25, and covered ground between Avebury and Stonehenge in Wiltshire.
But despite not completing the course, her efforts have raised more than £1,000 for the armed forces charity – taking the total amount she has raised for the cause so far past the £16,500 mark.
Miss Wilson said: “Sadly [The Heroes Walk] ended in disappointment as I didn’t get to the end. I think only about 30 of the 300 people who took part finished it as it was a tough old walk and now my feet are completely covered in plasters because of the blisters.
“It is a tough old terrain and the three miles prior to finishing were painful, and if I am completely honest I didn’t want to finish in the dark, especially as we had been going since 5am in the morning.
“Obviously I am pleased with the money I have raised but I am massively disappointed to have not finished.”
Miss Wilson said she was inspired to take on a series of gruelling challenges after meeting two former soldiers wounded in battle shortly after having pins put in her spine to treat the fractured spine, which she suffered during an accident.
Following her efforts in east Africa and across the Salisbury plains, Miss Wilson, after a short holiday, will resume training ahead of taking part in the Inca Trail and London Marathon, both of which are taking place next year.
The Inca Trail is considered to be the most famous trek in South America and consists of a 26-mile hike up Machu Picchu to discover what is known as the Lost City of the Incas.
“I would like to think the London Marathon, over a flat course, is realistically easier than walking over the Salisbury Plain,” she said.
“But I am going on holiday and to rest the blisters then I am going to get back into training for both the London Marathon in April and the Inca Trail, which takes place in May and obviously in a different climate.
“We will be camping in very cold temperatures which, at times, can be very, very wet, and we will be going in an upward direction over a course of six days.
“When we fly into Peru we are flying in at a very high altitude, so we will be given a couple of days to adjust to that before starting.
“As well as being a personal challenge, this is also my way of saying thank you to the wonderful team at the Dunedin Spire Hospital [in Reading] who helped me overcome my serious injury.”
People wishing to sponsor Miss Wilson can do so by visiting www.bmycharity.com/sallymarchingtomachupicchu2012