THE only way is up for businessman Ian Chester as he takes on a major sporting challenge for our patient care.
Ian, the managing director of Yorkshire Windows, is competing in the 2022 Rat Race Man Vs Mountain event.
The mountain adventure run starts at sea level, setting off from historic Caernarfon Castle, and then weaves its way to the summit of Snowdon and down the other side into Dinorwic Quarry where an array of punishing obstacles, including the infamous Vertical Kilometre, add to the challenge.
It’s a tough 22 mile route that will see Ian and his fellow competitors reach a height of 5,055 feet before beginning their descent.
“This will actually be the third time I have done the Man Vs Mountain event but that doesn’t make it any easier,” said Ian, who is just getting into his training programme for the event.
“I’d said I wouldn’t do it again but a friend asked me to join him for the 2020 event and then Covid hit and it was postponed for a couple of years and now I think ‘m ready to tackle it again.”
One of Ian’s last major sporting challenge was the gruelling Barclay’s MoonTrekker, Hong Kong’s celebrated night time endurance event.
He is also a veteran on the London Marathon and the Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon in Leeds.
“Man Vs Mountain is a very different experience and to get myself ready for September 3, I’m already running in the Peak District, around Castleton, Kinder Scout and Mam Tor, which offers a similar sort of terrain,” Ian said.
“Knowing that I’m doing it for St Luke’s Hospice in its 50th anniversary year is really the best motivation of all.
“St Luke’s is a brilliant charity that makes a difference to the lives of so many people and i really do want to raise as much money as possible.
“It’s hard to get yourself back into running up those steep hills again but I know it’s going to be worth the effort.”
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