HUNDREDS of people are expected to take part in an ultramarathon walk across Wales for good causes.

Since 2006, the Rotary Across Wales Walk (RAAW) is an epic challenge of 42 miles which crosses the country in a day on foot.

One of the walkers taking on the challenge is Heather Pugh who works at the Health Centre in Llanidloes.

The walk is one of the many challenges Heather has set herself to fundraise for a charity close to her heart.

She says she was inspired by the dedicated work of Marie Curie nurses who support patients and their families at their most difficult of times.

In May, Heather completed the 25-mile Sarn Sabrina Walk, and last year, ran three half marathons.

Her next challenge after completing the RAWW is even bigger. In June 2019, Heather will trek the Canadian Rockies for five days through mountains, lakes, glaciers and forests, trekking for up to six hours a day.

“I saw a message pop up on Facebook about the trek and it really appealed to me. After looking into it further, I decided to do something that would challenge and take me out of my comfort zone.

“The Rockies Trek will be a personal challenge for me and I feel proud to be involved in such an amazing fundraising experience making a difference to those affected by life limiting illness.

“My aim throughout 2018 is to arrange various events that will appeal to all ages. Everyone can be affected by cancer and I think that’s why it generates so much support. I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of people and we have some incredible bakers in Mid Wales!

“I am extremely grateful for the tremendous support I have received from my very good friends, family, and at the Health Centre. Finally, a huge thank you to those who have already contributed.”

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