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Marlow activity centre to stage Mount Everest challenge
A COLLECTION of climbers will seek to emulate the historic and epic achievement of Sir Edmund Hillary 60 years after he became the first person to scale Mount Everest.
The challenge, to climb the same distance as Sir Edmund and Tenzing Norgay in 1953, will take place at a Marlow activities centre.
Leanna Shuttleworth, the record holder as the youngest British female to summit Mt Everest, and the youngest British female to have completed the Seven Summits, will take part.
Groups and individuals are being encouraged to join in the gravity defying challenge at Longridge next month.
The event is being organised by Rotarians.
Collectively, participants will climb the equivalent of base camp to the summit of Mount Everest, using the outdoor climbing wall, going up and down 233 times in about ten hours.
Lisa Hunter, spokesman for The Rotary Club of Maidenhead Bridge, said: “The purpose of the challenge is to have some fun and also to raise money for Longridge. “For more young people to benefit from the superb activities Longridge offers they need to reinvigorate their facilities, which currently are tired, old, prone to flooding and in most cases just too small to service their existing visitors - let alone new ones.
“New facilities will encourage more adult and corporate use and this use will underwrite the activities for young people; in a nutshell the more businesses that use the centre the cheaper their provision will be for the most vulnerable of our society.”
The Big Climb takes place on February 23 and 24.
For more information see www.maidenheadbridgerotary.org.uk/thebigclimb, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Lisa on 07876 341334.