A MARCH athlete is swapping running shoes for hiking boots next week when she tackles the World’s highest mountain in the name of charity.
Tracie Moore (39) will achieve a life-long ambition to climb Mount Everest when she undertakes the challenge to raise cash for Veterans Aid - a charity which helps homeless ex-service personnel of all ages.
She has been busy trying to train - without the use of hills - while working for G4S Ordnance Management in Afghanistan.
“I have been running and using the gym as there are no hills to climb here so I have to make the best of what is available,” said Tracie, adding: “Fortunately, I am also a member of the March running club, so knowing that my friends are back home putting the miles in, makes me get out there and train.”
Tracie aims to raise £2,000, which she is hoping G4S - a commercial company which specialises in clearing land mines all over Afghanistan - will then match. She explained Veterans Aid is not such a well-known charity, but it provides an invaluable support for military personnel, who are finding it difficult to adjust to civilian life.
Tracie will be part of a four person team undertaking the climb she has organised with the help of some of her Nepalese work colleagues.
She said: “It has been something I have wanted to do for many years now, just because it is there to climb.”
Tracie and the team will depart for Nepal on Wednesday (October 19) and will start the hike from Lukla (2,880 metres) on October 21 with the aim of reaching Base Camp at 5,200 metres on October 31. It will then take them around five days to come back down.
To help Tracie’s fundraising effort the Red Lion pub at March is staging a Veterans Aid Fancy Dress Party on Saturday (October 15), which is being organised by her sister Sharon Miller, mum Jenny Moore and brother David and other regulars.
There will be raffles with lots of prizes to be won, and a fancy dress competition.
Music for the evening, which is being played by David, who is a well-known local DJ, along with DJ Jay Barker (of Space, Ibiza), will be old skool, funky house, electro or anything else requested.
To sponsor Tracie and the team visit: www.justgiving.com/Tracie-Moore or pop a donation into the Red Lion in High Street, March.