A photographer will swap her camera for running shoes to complete a gruelling 139-miles in the name of charity.
Sally Evans has signed up for this month’s The Forces March - one of the UK’s toughest challenge events designed to unite civilians and the armed forces.
The 139-mile route will retrace that taken by the 6th Airborne Division preparing for D-Day on a now legendary training march from Devon to Wiltshire in 1942.
And Sally, from Leek Wootton, will run it in five stages - completing 26 miles or more each day to make it to the finish and bring in funds for the Veterans’ Charity.
The challenge will also include a commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day just a few days after the finish on 25th May 2014.
Sally, who is also training for IronmanUK 2014 in the name of charity, Scope, is hoping her sporting efforts will help raise awareness of unseen disabilities or those who need ongoing support.
But she said it is knowledge of the good work done by the charities which is keeping her going through the gruelling training regime to make it for a second time.
“I am training hard for both at the moment,” said Sally.
“I did The Forces March last year and decided to do it again this year as it is a significant year of commemoration for both world wars.
“So far I have raised £640 for The Veterans Charity and £360 for Scope. I am aiming to raise £1000 for each”
And the dedicated runner said the knowledge of how she is doing her bit for two important charities will keep her going as she clocks up the miles.
Sally said: “Both these charities help support people who often face much bigger challenges every day.
“They will in many cases be dealing with those daily challenges for large proportions, if not all, of their lives.”
And to kick start fundraising, the 46-year-old mother of two has already had her head shaved at a pledge night in the Almanack where she vowed that the more money that came in, the more hair would come off.
With the help of the team at Saks Hairdressers, Sally had her head completely shaved, raising hundreds to be split between the two charities.
“I thought of it because I am taking part in some ‘hair-raising’ challenges this year,” she said.
“And also to raise awareness for people who have disabilities or face challenges which cannot be seen when we look at them.
“There are many more people who need our support and understanding and we wouldn’t know by just looking at them.”
To sponsor Sally for the events, visit Sally’s fundraising page