MOTHER-of-three June Butlin will celebrate her 66th birthday by taking on one of the UK’s toughest cross-country sporting challenges, the Spartan Race.

June, of South Wraxall, is a former school PE teacher and a dedicated keep-fit enthusiast who trains seven days a week.

Her daily routine includes working out in a 7kg weight vest and she loves press-ups, enjoys swimming, plays squash “only once a week”.

She regularly runs eight miles - she “doesn’t do long runs” - and can hold a hand-stand for 15 seconds.

Thought to be one of the oldest and fittest British racers ever to tackle the event on Saturday, June 23 she will run the South West Spartan Super, a 13km-plus challenge featuring 25 obstacles.

Being staged at Aston Down Airfield near Minchinhampton in Gloucestershire, it has been organised by Spartan Race.

The events will attract 8,000 novice runners, elite athletes and spectators from 27 countries.

Novice runners and elite athletes from across the South West, plus other competitors who’ve flown in from 27 countries, will take on a range of heats being staged by Spartan Race, the world’s leading obstacle racing company.