The Kilimanjaro Challenge - Mike’s done it

It's taken 9 months of training, daily workouts at the gym, but our man, Mike Russell has completed the ultimate goal in scaling the highest free-standing mountain in the world.

The challenge was all to raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation, who grant wishes to very sick children. The charity works tirelessly to bring happiness to children and family’s who are dealing with terminal illnesses.

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Mike has so far raised nearly £4,500 with the help of friends, family and supporters along with the generous donations from sponsors Recycled UK and WH Marren.
Mike says, "This was without doubt the most exhilarating experience (and toughest) of my life and I would like to thank all the people who supported and sponsored me, I couldn’t have done it without you".

At just under 6000 metres it is the highest free standing mountain in the world. The trek took 7 days, passing through four climate zones, including rain forest through to alpine conditions.

Mike lost over three and half stone in preparation for the challenge, visiting the gym daily and had the help of a personal trainer. Training included weekends in Snowdon and Ben Nevis in order to prepare for the challenge ahead.

The trek began on Saturday 13 October, averaging 9 hours trekking per day. On Wednesday evening at 11.30 pm, 65 of us ( including 30 porters/guides/doctors etc) set off for the summit with head touches. With temperatures down to -20 and 65 mph winds we reached the top some 9 hours later. Totally exhausted, feeling nauseous and having a severe headache through the attitude, I finally reached my goal as the sun came up over the mountain.

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