08:31 Monday 20 January 2014

Steve takes on Kilimanjaro at 60

Written byJOANNA CRAIG

A SIXTY-YEAR-OLD Uttoxeter man has set himself a series of epic challenges to complete before his next birthday, including a climb up Africa’s highest peak.

Steve Fawcett, who is a founding director of Hawksmoor in High Street, turned sixty last year and is climbing Kilimanjaro as part of the 14 challenges he set himself to complete before his next birthday on February 20.

The challenges he set himself included learning to play the guitar, learning Spanish, ride down the zip wire in North Wales that travels at 100mph as well as cycling from Saigon to Hanoi for Rakemark Respite.

Earlier this year, he also shaved his head for Rakemark and raised £2,200 in total.

Mr Fawcett, of Roebuck Court, is now facing his final and most daunting challenge, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

As a cold run he has previously climbed Mount Snowden, however, Mount Kilimanjaro is six times higher so he has had to train hard.

He is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with a group of people he met on arrival at base camp and the climb started on Friday.

Mr Fawcett said: “It’s been an incredible year challenging myself to learn things and take part in different experiences.

“Although slightly apprehensive about the climb I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in and feel I’ve done enough training at the gym to get me to the top.

“I wanted to set myself the 14 challenges this year to achieve by my sixty first birthday.

“I’ve had wonderful support from my friends and relatives to do these challenges.

“I took on the challenges because I turned 60 last February and I decided to mark the occasion by setting myself a series of challenges that are beyond my comfort zone.

“I decided to raise money for Rakemark at the same time as it is a good cause and one which is quite close to home as my business partner’s daughter attends the club.”

David Martin, manager of PureGym Stoke on Trent which Mr Fawcett attends said: “Steve is taking his climb very seriously and has put the work in at the gym, all the staff here look forward to seeing him on his return.”

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