Kilimanjaro climbed... now to run a marathon

Mike Shattock and Charlie Woodward at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro
Mike Shattock and Charlie Woodward at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro

CONQUERING Mount Kilimanjaro is just the start of another busy fundraising year for Langtoft’s Mike Shattock.

Less than two weeks after he reached the summit of Africa’s highest mountain, he is gearing up to run the Virgin London Marathon in the latest adventure for the Yellow Beetle Challenge.

Mike (41), of Truesdale Gardens, is once again raising money for the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability in Putney, London.

Mike’s wife Sam became a long-term resident at the hospital after she suffered a cardiac arrest two years ago. Her heart stopped beating for 40 minutes and she was left with a severe brain injury.

In the last year, Mike has completed numerous fundraising challenges, including running the New York marathon and cycling from London to Paris, to raise a staggering £25,000.

He said: “My family think I’m a bit mad but it’s my way of dealing with things. At the end of the day we are raising money for the hospital which cares for my wife.

“After a tragedy like that in life, I guess some people can give up but I can’t. I have to get my teeth into something.

“Over the past 12 months it’s what has kept me going.”

Mike, who works for Bakkavor in Spalding, was joined in his Kilimanjaro climb by his work colleagues Charlie Woodward and Kathy Grant, and her husband Tom.

Kathy and Tom were unable to reach the summit but Mike and Charlie walked for about 17 hours in their final day to reach more than 5,800 metres.

Mike said: “I was thrilled to get to the top. There was never a point where I didn’t think I was going to make it. I was never going to let it beat me. It was amazing and it’s spurred me on to carry on fundraising.”

As well as the marathon run in April, Mike hopes to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats and walk from coast to coast later this year.

l Anyone who would like to make a donation should visit www.justgiving.com/yellowbeetlechallenge.