Sam Brooks, far left, with the team who will be running a marathon in the foothills of Mount Everest.
A FORMER Carisbrooke High School pupil is embarking on the challenge of a lifetime in May — by running a gruelling marathon in the foothills of Mount Everest.
Sam Brooks, 41, formerly Sam Morton, will be running a full 26-mile marathon at an altitude of more than 5,000m, despite nearly dying from a severe case of double pneumonia last year.
For the past ten years, Sam has lived in the French alpine town of Chamonix, where she works as an accountant for tour companies.
She will be part of a seven-woman team from the town, who will all be raising money for the local charity, A Chacun Son Everest, which provides recuperation care for children and women recovering from cancer.
Sam’s parents, Gill and Robbie Morton, used to run the Sun Inn, Calbourne, before they moved to the mainland in 1996.
Sam lived on the Isle of Wight from when she was seven until she attended Edinburgh University in 1991. She still keeps in touch with friends she had on the Isle of Wight.
She said: "We will take two weeks to hike up to base camp at 5,364 metres, camping overnight and adjusting to the altitude as we go.
"Once we hit base camp, we will be running a full marathon through snow, ice and over tough terrain."
She added: "I have done a marathon before but I have never been up to that altitude and I am really not sure how it is going to affect me.
"I had a very severe case of pneumonia last year and nearly died. I think it is going to be quite a challenge."
To sponsor Sam, go to the website www.theneverestgirls.com