Brundall woman conquered Inca Trail for Big C with mum as inspiration

The Peruvian Inca Trail has been conquered by a Brundall woman for the charity who helped her mother during her cancer battle.

As reported in Local Life last year, Clare Brown took on the challenging 43km mountain range path to raise money for the Big C cancer charity. Clare, 32, flew to South America to take on the four-day challenge, at heights of more than 4,000m above sea level, beginning in Cusco and finishing at Machu Picchu on the date of her mother's birthday.

She wanted to tackle the trek in honour of the Big C after its staff dedicated a lot of time and help to her mother, Anne, when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in November 2009. The help spread as far as providing headscarves and make-up lessons when the chemotherapy took its toll. The Big C also provided help for Anne's family with welfare advice and relaxation groups.

Clare, of Greenacre Close, went to Peru knowing that she may suffer with problems with her back and foot after breaking them in a car accident but was surprised when she did not have much trouble with either of them. 'It was really hard,' she said: 'I fell ill on the fourth day but continued. I knew the last day would be emotional and we arrived at the finish line just as the sun was rising.'

Although she enjoyed the trek and is proud of what she achieved, Clare, who works for Norfolk County Council, added: 'Climbing a mountain is the most amazing thing you can do, but I won't be going near a mountain again!'

When Clare returned home she was surprised by a proposal from her boyfriend. They are now planning an August wedding.

She managed to raise �3,000, �1,000 over her target. The money is helping the Big C provide more care and facilities for cancer patients and their families.

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Clare's donation page is still open, go to BigCChallenge.

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