Mother to take on sub-zero challenge for vets charity

PUBLISHED: 18:00 23 January 2019 | UPDATED: 18:12 23 January 2019

Rachel Forbes, retired major and mum of three preparing to run mongolian 100 challenge.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Rachel Forbes, retired major and mum of three preparing to run mongolian 100 challenge. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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A mother-of-three from Backwell will be taking on a gruelling sub zero challenge to raise cash for a veterans charity.

Rachel Forbes, retired major and mum of three preparing to run mongolian 100 challenge.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTONRachel Forbes, retired major and mum of three preparing to run mongolian 100 challenge. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Rachel Forbes, will run the 100 mile Mongol challenge which will see the retired army major spend eight days traversing Lake Khovsgol.

It will take place in a remote part of east Mongolia, where temperatures can plummet to -45C, while raising cash for Walking With The Wounded, which helps vulnerable veterans find permanent employment.

Rachel has so far raised just more than £2,000 for the charity.

She said: “When people found out I was doing the challenge they thought I was mad and wanted to sponsor me.

“I would like to raise at least £2,500 for the charity, but every penny counts.

Rachel, who served 19 years in the army said: “There’s been a proliferation of veteran charities, but when I read about what Walking With The Wounded do by helping vulnerable veterans that are homeless or stuck in the criminal justice system and setting them back on the right course with employment, I knew I wanted to back it.

She added:“I have self-funded the trip with a lot of my gear coming from eBay.

“I think it’s important for the people backing me to know that every penny raised is going straight to the charity.”

The 45-year-old was inspired to take on a challenge that would push her to the limit after watching videos of fellow female adventurers.

She then spoke with Allie Ballie via an online forum who had previously run the race and signed up a week later.

Rachel has been training since November, waking up at 5.30am to go running. However, she will not be able to prepare herself for the extreme cold until she lands in Mongolia in March.

She said: “Getting out of bed during the challenge will be the hardest part.

“I have heard that from day three things get tough.

“The biggest challenge though will be keeping hydrated and getting enough to eat, as anything not close to your body instantly freezes.

“Normally you can just carry a big bladder of water, but I won’t be able to do that.”

To sponsor Rachel, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rachel-forbes13

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