Local expats attempt jungle marathon

Algarve residents Joe and Erika Mountain from Almancil will jet off to Peru in May next year to participate in The Jungle Ultra, a 230km footrace through some of the world’s toughest terrain.

The event is self-sufficient and takes place in the Peruvian jungle and Amazon Basin in South America.

Competitors will run from a height of 9,000ft in the Cloud Forest down through winding tracks, mountain roads and village tracts into the Amazon Rainforest below.

Participants will run with a 12kg back pack, through swamps and in temperatures exceeding 100 degrees with 100% humidity.

In addition, they will have to deal with snakes, spider’s, ants (that spit sulphuric acid) and a host of other critters.

Joe Mountain, who will turn 40 on day one of the run, is participating for a personal cause: “Two years ago my wonderful step mum, Sara, was diagnosed with MSA, a rare terminal neurological disease.

“I had never heard of it before, and it is tough as there are currently no cures or treatment. I will be supporting The Multiple System Atrophy Trust, because they do great work in research and care.”

To donate, please visit www.justgiving.com/JoeMountainMSAJungleChallenge.