A FORMER GMTV presenter from the Borders has ended up in hospital three times as she attempts to beat Grand National hero Ryan Mania to the finishing post.

Despite having little riding experience Woody Morris will compete in next month's charity challenge race at Kelso.

The 46-year-old mum of three has already endured many tumbles as she prepares for her big day in the saddle.

Despite being given expert guidance by riding tutors she's still become a regular in the hospital outpatients department.

Coming under starter's orders at Kelso Races is part of Woody's attempt to raise £100,000 for the Radio Borders charity, Cash for Kids.

Woody told us: "So far, I’ve felt equal amounts of exhilaration and terror.

"But, life’s too short to let fear stop you from what you want to do – or what you can do for others.

"Thanks so much to everyone, particularly all my instructors from Nenthorn Equestrian Centre who have shown patience, kindness and believed in me every step of the way.

"Thanks also go to all my friends and family who have shown so much generosity, our kind sponsors and also to Ally Landale of Kelso Races.

"The horse community in the Borders is amazing.“

Despite being treated three times at Borders General Hospital for injuries, the former television presenter has continued her preparations for the Kelso charity race.

And among the 11 other jockeys who line up against her for the race is former Grand National winner Ryan Mania.

As well as riding at the twilight meeting, Woody will play host to 250 guests for a champagne tea, auction and after-party at the racecourse in her bid to reach her Cash for Kids fundraising target.

Cash for Kids manager Candy Rafferty told us: “The Scottish Borders is synonymous with horsemanship, so naturally, everyone is excited about this event.

"It comes at a time we are receiving a record amount of appeals, particularly for child disability, long term illness and poverty.

"Woody’s enthusiasm and dedication is totally infectious, and we have no doubt she will achieve what she has set out to do.”

Gates open at 2.30pm at Kelso Races for the twilight card on Wednesday, September 20.

Woody’s charity race is the first on the card at 4.30pm.

It is still possible to contribute to the Cash for Kids fundraising challenge by attending the race, sponsoring a horse or jockey, or by making a donation online on the Radio Borders website - planetradio.co.uk/borders/charity/events/race/

Tickets to the twilight meet at Kelso Races are available from www.kelso-races.co.uk/racedays/view/twilight-meeting-2017