Milton Keynes athlete climbs height of Mount Everest in memory of his best friend

    A Milton Keynes athlete has climbed the height of Mount Everest in a single bike ride, in memory of his best friend, and to raise money for Willen Hospice.

    Last Saturday Adam Gibson, from Milton Keynes, cycled 33 times up to the Machlyn Marr Dam in North Wales as part of a challenge called 'Everesting'.

    The ride was in memory of James Beechey, another local athlete, who sadly died from bowel cancer earlier this year. Adam says that his friend had talked about completing the challenge, but never had the chance to do so.

    "Earlier this year, I lost my best friend and lifelong training partner James after his short battle with bowel cancer," Adam says on his fundraising page.

    "James had a passion for sport and cycling, and was especially strong on the hills. He completed multiple Ironman races and Ultra running events in his lifetime, and pushed me (a few times literally) up many bike climbs."

    As part of the Everesting challenge, athletes ride repeats of a single hill in one go, until the height of Mount Everest has been climbed.

    Adam started his challenge at daybreak and reached 8848m of climbing after a gruelling 15 hours of cycling. 

    So far, over £8000 has been raised, will funds going towards Willen Hospice, who cared for James in his final 4 weeks. 

    You can find out more or donate here.

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