IN HONOUR of his late brother, a Keith man is running 100 miles across the Himalayas to complete one of the world’s toughest endurance challenges – at the age of 50.
Distillery warehouseman Gerald Angus will cross the 12,000 feet altitude barrier, run the Everest marathon and view four of the five highest mountains on Earth as part of his incredible five-day Himalayan 100-mile Stage Race attempt.
Gerald took on the epic charity challenge to raise cash for CLAN House cancer support in Aberdeen, which cared for his brother, Raymond, before he passed away last year.
A slice of his sponsorship money will also go to Keith Cancer Link, and he has already raised more than £3,000, with his employers at Diageo set to boost the total even further.
“People in the area have been great. I’ve never had to say to anyone ‘will you sponsor me?’ Word has got out and I’ve been well supported already.”
Gerald is a well-known runner with his local Keith and District club, and has completed marathons in Boston, Orlando, Berlin, Warsaw and London, but he admits the Himalayan will be by far his toughest opponent yet, and one he has had to thoroughly prepare himself for.
Running mainly along the IndiaNepal border in the north-east Himalaya ranges, it begins with a 24-mile run on day one, encompassing an overall altitude gain of more than 10,000 feet.
The next day offers spectacular views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse and Makalu, four of the world’s highest peaks which can all be viewed at one time. Not surprisingly, the event is often described as the most spectacular running course in the world.
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