Longstanding Headway supporter Harry McAlinden will be taking on his most physically demanding challenge yet on Monday 23rd February 2015 – to run up and down the Mount Kilimanjaro in under 24 hours! Climbing the highest free standing mountain in the world is a tough challenge in its self and takes most people at least 6 days. However, Harry is undergoing intense and specific training to ensure he can complete this epic challenge.
The majority of the climb is done at altitude – 3000 meters above sea level. Running in these conditions can have a tremendous impact on the body and will considerably effect breathing, physical ability and mental agility due to the thin air. Regardless of how fit or prepared a person is, running at high altitude is incredibly demanding, even trekking at a slower pace would be a real test!
Harry has previously completed the West Highland Way and several marathons including the London Marathon and Jersey Greenlight Round The Rock Ultra Marathon for Headway Jersey. Through undertaking the London Marathon in 2010 Harry was reunited with his childhood friend Frank MacFarlane who has accessed the center since 1999 following a brain injury. Harry has since chosen to support the charity through volunteering and undertaking sporting challenges and says that “Headway feels like family to me now’.
There are a number of ways to support Harry with his ambitious challenge. A just giving page has been set up for anyone who would like to make an online donation www.justgiving.com/Harry-Mc-Alinden2.
Hare and Tortoise Events have also organised ‘Demon Night Run’ on Friday 21st November to support his fundraising efforts. This unique running event around the woods of Greve De Lecq invites participants to pair up and run a 4 mile route marked with lights. Head torches or hand torches will a must! For more information please visit www.race-nation.com/demon-night-run-2014.