A NEWBURY mother is to take on three tough mountain challenges within five months, to raise money for eating disorder charity Beat.
Mary Thorn, who is 56, will take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks in April – three mountains in just 12 hours, the Tough Mudder in May and then the National Three Peaks challenge in August – three of the tallest UK mountains in 24 hours.
To prepare herself for the challenge, Mrs Thorn climbed Pen-Y-Fan in the Brecon Beacons this month and reached the top of Wales’ highest mountain, Snowdon, last year.
Her daughter Emma completed the National Three Peaks challenge last year, raising £500 for her chosen charity Beat, for which she trained with her mother.
She said of her mother’s latest challenge: “She had a knee injury in October 2013 that required surgery so it is amazing that she has gone from being on crutches to climbing mountains.”
As well as the Welsh climbs, Mrs Thorn has completed a 17-mile Fright Hike in the dark, in Nottinghamshire, and another 10k sponsored walk.
Daughter Emma said of the choice of charity: “She chose Beat because it’s a charity that means a lot to me.
“I feel that it is under represented and eating disorders is an area that doesn’t get enough attention. So she decided to carry on with what I started.”