Alison Murray is taking on the challenge of trekking across Peru’s famous 43km Inca Trail later this month in aid of Chesterfield’s charity partner, AshgateHospicecare.
Alison will travel alone from Gatwick to Madrid and then from Madrid to Lima where she will meet 12 others before travelling to Cusco to begin her journey. Although she has lived in Chesterfield for only 12 months, Alison has already forged a strong connection with the town and speaks of a deep spiritual meaning to her journey.
“It was just something that both inspirationally and spiritually was the best thing to do, rather than taking myself off for a week’s package holiday in Tenerife,” said Alison.
“I’ll be camping and it is out of my comfort zone completely, but I decided to do something different that would raise money for AshgateHospicecare at the same time. It is going to be something that is pretty mind blowing.”
The journey takes in the infamous Dead Woman’s Pass, which is the highest part of the trail, with a breathtaking altitude of 13,828ft. The four-day trek concludes by taking in the spectacular views that Machu Picchu has to offer.
Alison acknowledges the size of the challenge that awaits her. “I train twice a week with a personal trainer and I am upping that to three times a week,” she said. “There is always the chance altitude sickness can kick in and there is nothing really that you can do about that, apart from try and avoid certain things.”
Alison will take a replica Spireites shirt with her and also be accompanied by Paddington Bear because of his Peruvian heritage. “Anytime that I can get to a Wi-Fi zone while I am out there, I’ll post photos and they will all feature my Chesterfield shirt and Paddington,” she added.
Alison’s story will be broadcast regularly on Spire Radio and she has joined the station as a co-host on the Saturday breakfast show. To donate, please visit her JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/nickylee34dd/.