Exeter's Sarah Piercy prepares for her toughest challenge
EXETER'S wheelchair super athlete Sarah Piercy is taking on her toughest challenge yet.
London Marathon veteran Sarah is swapping her high-speed wheelchair for a hand-cycle to take part in the gruelling 132-mile Forces March on May 22.
Sarah said: "It is the equivalent of a London Marathon every day for five days.
"As far as I know no one has ever completed the march in a hand cycle, partly because the course, from Ilfracombe to Bulford Camp, is so hilly and difficult,
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"It is my toughest challenge yet but I am determined to be the first - although I am going to get through plenty of gloves - and probably a few bottles of Baileys."
An identical twin, Sarah, 32 from Whipton, was born with arthrogryposis in 1980, a rare congenital disorder which causes muscle weakness.
Despite suffering from muscle weakness in her legs and having deformed joints in her ankles, knees and hips, Sarah repeatedly pushes herself to achieve the same things able-bodied people can.
This has included regularly participating in the London Marathon alongside parachuting, sailing and taking part in skydives.
She regularly fund raises for The Arthrogryposis Group, a charity her mum Diana set up following Sarah's diagnosis.
This time she is raising money for the Veterans' Charity.
Anyone who wants to make a donation can go to http://www.justgiving.com/Sarah-Piercy1