Himalayan climb for vet in new superfit challenge

Hattie en route to success
Hattie en route to success

Garstang vet Hattie Bertenshaw is gearing up for her latest challenge - climbing two 6,500 metre peaks in the Himalayas.

She’s set to face the tough ascents later this month.

But she goes fired with confidence from her success in competing The Lakeland 50, desribed as “one of the greatest ultra running and walking challenges in Europe, perhaps the world”, this summer.

Hattie, 34, was accompanied by her collie cross dog Monkey on the gruelling event , which started from Dalemain in Ullswater and concluded in Coniston.

Hattie, who conceded there was indeed “a bit of walking” as well as running in the challenge, managed to complete the Lakeland 50 in 14 hours 28 minutes. The route included a 3,000 foot ascent and descent.

She reports:“We did manage to stop for a pint en route at Chapel Stile, before the last 10 miles!”

Her timing qualified her as an “elite athlete” which means next time she could enter for the 100 mile challenge.

But Hattie, who ran the route wearing a tutu, and Monkey think that could be a step too far, even though she is still relishing the achievement.

She said: “It was the biggest challegne I’ve ever done and I really enjoyed it. I absolutely loved it - it was the personal challenge, but also raising money for Croston House, the Cancer Help day centre in Garstang.”

If anyone wants to add to the Croston House fund donations can be made by calling in at the Beacon Veterinary Centre in Rope Walk, Windsor Park, opposite Booths.

Hattie is no stranger to major running events, having completed three London marathons, but has only just started fell running. As for the Himalayan adventure she said: “I’m climbing for interest.”