Everest climb up the Stump for charity

The Stump Everest climbers
The Stump Everest climbers
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A team of four have climbed the equivalent to the height of Mount Everest using church steps.

Spalding market trader Ian Johnson (52), former Spalding Homebase manager Steve Slater (56), Spalding Garth School teacher Kelly Slater (28) and John Prue (27) of Donington climbed the Stump (St Botolph’s Church in Boston) more than 200 times.

Their relay effort over the course of four days added up to the height of the famous mountain.

The team, who have a history of running marathons and other sporting events for charity, have raised more than £6,000 from sponsorship to be split between their chosen charities Macmillan, Breast Cancer Now (formerly Break-through Breast Cancer), Friends of Spalding Garth School and the Stump Restoration Fund.

Ian told the Spalding Guardian: “Completing it was a combination of being exhausted and excited at the same time. We had a lot of support from family and friends who were waiting for us at the bottom.”

The team even finished a victory lap together after bringing their total cycles to 201 times. Prior to setting off Steve told us the feat had seemed a good challenge.

He said he had tried to do a fund raising event every year.

The team prepared by doing various activities, including practice runs up and down the tower. He said, at the time, he had been looking forward to it and that the team was a ‘good bunch’ and would include a lot of ‘camaraderie’.

There was also a raffle for the chance to win £250. To enter, participants had to fill out their details along with a guess of how long the charity effort would take the team.

The answer was that it took 13 hours, 55 minutes and 36 seconds to climb the 29,000 foot height – about 83,000 steps in all.