A woman from Brecon is preparing to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru this year to raise funds for Help for Heroes.

Claire Sebburn will be taking on the 26-mile trek across four days in October in aid of the charity.

Help for Heroes is a charity that is close to Claire’s heart after her husband, Stephen, suffered an accident in 2014.

Steve, who was a member of the First Queen’s Dragoon Guard, lost his footing while clambering out of a helicopter. The heavy landing and the weight of his bag meant he ruptured two disks in his back during the training exercise in Castle Marten, Pembrokeshire, in May 2014.

He has since gone on to compete at two Invictus Games - winning one gold and two bronze medals at the 2018 edition of the Games in Sydney, Australia.

In preparation for October’s trek, Claire completed the Three Peaks Challenge on Easter Saturday, by summiting Pen y Fan eight times.

The impressive feat was achieved over just 12 hours between 7am and 7pm and included summiting Corn Du.

Over the course of the day, Claire in fact completed 3683 metres of ascent (a greater height than the UK’s three peaks of Ben Nevis, Yr Wyddfa/Snowdon and Scafell Pike) and 49.5km of distance.

Claire completed the fist five ascents solo. She was joined by her daughter and her military friends for the sixth ascent, and the final two were completed with Claire’s colleagues and friends at Cotswold Outdoor, Brecon, where she is store manager.

Claire Sebburn Pen y Fan
Claire at the summit of Pen y Fan (Photo supplied)

Steve was away working so was unable to join Claire for any of the ascents but was able to watch her Strava link, as well as call several times to check up and lend his support - adding how proud he was of what Claire was achieving.

Claire said: “I would love the opportunity to raise awareness for the charity as we are a military community here in Brecon - and to help raise more funds on my JustGiving page.”

If you would like to support Claire, please visit her JustGiving page.