Iceland trek

Horse rider Sian Button with her horse Quinty
Horse rider Sian Button with her horse Quinty
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A LOWTON teacher is to take part in charity trekking challenge.

Sian Button, will spend a week in the saddle and ride almost 200 kilometres this August when she takes part in the Icelandic Viking Challenge Ride, a marathon trek taking in the spectacular mountains, glaciers, volcanoes and lava fields of the remote island.

The lucky riders will travel on horseback through Iceland’s landscapes while herding around 100 wild ponies, and will camp overnight in mountain huts,

Sian, who teaches maths at Lowton High School, hopes to raise around £3,000 for the British Horse Society (BHS), which approves riding schools and campaigns for improved animal welfare standards and to end cruelty and neglect to horses.

Sian, 31, is currently going to the gym and training hard for her Icelandic adventure, but is determined to complete the gruelling trip to raise money for a charity which is very close to her heart.

She said: “I’ve never attempted anything like this before. I’ve done long endurance rides before and I’ve been on pony trekking holidays in the UK since I was a teenager but I’m going to be in the saddle for seven or eight hours a day for a week over terrain I can’t even imagine.I think it’s going to be harder than I expected, the places where we stay are really basic and it will be cold showers in most of them. It’s a really challenging ride.

Sian is already half way to achieving her fund raising target, having already held a cake sale at work and a raffle to raise money.

Her pupils have also been getting in on the act by texting donations to her Just Giving account. To sponsor Sian, visit www.justgiving.com/sianbutton