Inca trail trek for cancer research

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A WOMAN has completed a 32 mile trek along Peru’s Inca Trail to raise cash for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Ann Waterton, who took on the challenge to celebrate her 50th birthday, described the adventure as a “totally amazing experience on every level.”

The four-day walk to Machu Picchu involved climbing to altitudes of up to 4,200m through dense forest and subtropical jungle. Mrs Waterton, from Pontefract, said: “The trek was not easy, with rugged paths, steep inclines and declines, uneven ground and many steps to negotiate.

“The climate was changeable and coping with the altitude was difficult at times. We suffered shortness of breath, headaches, nausea and dizziness. But the scenery was extraordinary, from the contours of the mountain ranges and snow-capped peaks, to the sumptuous cloud forests, full of colour and life. Reaching the Sun Gate of Machu Picchu was emotional, knowing what we had each achieved for the good causes we were there to represent, in memory of those we held most dear. It was a real roller coaster of emotions and experiences. Something I am immensely proud of and will never forget.” She is hoping to raise £1,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Research, which funds world-class research, treatment and diagnosis projects throughout the region.”