WHEN Kirkcaldy woman Janice Allan signed up for a “dream challenge” she didn’t realise quite what she had let herself in for.
Janice (56), did the Britain v Cancer five day trek through dusty deserts and over craggy mountains from the Dead Sea to Petra to prove to herself she was still able to do something to challenge herself.
And, describing the experience as both a “bigger challenge and a bigger dream” than she had expected, Janice also raised over £6000 for Maggie’s cancer caring centres in the process.
And she is over the moon that she managed to walk every step of the route and even overcome her strong fear of heights to cross a mountain ravine.
In fact her effort and courage helped win her the coveted ‘Queen of the Desert’ title at the end of the trek, and she was proud to be presented with her prize from ‘Queen of the Jungle’, Charlie Brookes who also completed the challenge with friends.
Janice spent five nights sleeping in bedouin tents or under the stars, eating meals cooked on wood fires and walking between eight and 11 hours each day through Biblical countryside only inhabited by Beduoin tribes.
“Apart from the birth of my children it was the most amazing experience I have ever had,” said Janice, of the town’s Appin Crescent.
“The scenery was breathtaking, the people so inspirational and everyone just spurred everyone else on and kept them going, even when things were difficult.
“There were over 100 of us taking part for various cancer charities, and each person had a different reason for doing the trek.
“Some were recovering from cancer, or still undergoing treatment, others, like me, were challenging themselves.
“It was a lot more difficult than any of us thought it would be, but it was also so much more of an experience too, which more than made up for the difficulties.
“Sharing the trek with such a wonderful group of people, seeing such amazing scenery, sleeping under the stars, even having our tents blown over in a sandstorm – the whole trip from start to finish was out of this world and I have made friends that I will keep for life.
“It has really given me the travel bug and I’d love to do another one in a few year’s time, maybe somewhere like Uganda.”