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Up a mountain with a rugby ball – by Jim Adkins, Director, Berkshire Physiotherapy Centre

Jim and Ollie Adkins get into practice

“Are you up for a real challenge?” my son Ollie asked me. We are preparing for an epic charity climb of Mount Kilimanjaro this October, but he suddenly suggested an even greater challenge. And that’s how the Sunshine Mountain Challenge was born. 

Ollie is a personal trainer, but he’s turning into my personal trainer as well. Together, we are attempting to set a world record by climbing Kilimanjaro –a 19,330 ft hike – while passing a rugby ball. 

In doing so, we hope to provide funds for Water Aid and Tag Rugby, a charity that supports sport and development in Africa. 

We’ve been sponsored by Gilbert, the rugby ball manufacturers, who have ingeniously designed a special rugby ball with a pedometer inside. This will count the number of passes made each day, in case Ollie’s greatest fear is realised – that I will drop the ball and he will have to go back down to get it. 

Training is already underway but fitness doesn’t always mean success and only 60% of those who set out manage to get to the top. Altitude sickness is another obstacle that we need to overcome, but it’s totally unpredictable. 

We are looking for sponsors and supporters and have set up a website www.sunshinemountainchallenge.com to take donations directly. All the money we raise will go straight to the charities as we are funding the trip entirely ourselves. 

If you’d like to help, you can do so in several ways: 

  • by supporting this event and making it really count
  • by donating on the website
  • by being a sponsor on the website: £500 will place your logo on the website
  • having your company logo on T-shirts and have it photographed and shot in HD video at the summit

If you sponsor us, you can guess the number of passes we’ll make. Whoever makes the nearest guess will win a rugby ball signed by the England team. 

For further information contact either of us: Jim Adkins 07809 834485. Ollie Adkins 07706 537724.

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