An Adstock woman is preparing to take part in the longest, toughest horse race in the world in August.
PE teacher Vikki Wojcik is one of just seven UK riders selected to compete in the Mongol Derby 2014.
In total, 43 riders from 15 different countries are taking part in the self-guided 1,000km race across the Mongolian steppe on semi-wild Mongolian horses.
The race has to be completed within 10 days, with riders covering at least 100km a day and eating and sleeping with Mongolian families in their traditional shelters, called Gers. The welfare of the horses is paramount. Mounts have to be changed every 40km and horses have a vet check after each leg of the race, with the riders given time penalties if their horse is not in good condition at changeover.
Miss Wojcik, who has taught PE at Thornton College and The Buckingham School, got into endurance riding when she was teaching in Qatar a few years ago.
She is funding the trip herself so every penny she raises will be split between the two charities she is supporting, both to do with brain injury – the Impaired Consciousness Research Group and Holy Cross Hospital, in Surrey.
Miss Wojcik is looking for a local company to become a major sponsor in return for having their name plastered over her polo shirt.
Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @vikkiwoj