The Longest Climb - a vertical charity race in memory of Rupert Rosedale, Marlborough College
PUBLISHED: 12:50 17 February 2011 | UPDATED: 18:51 20 February 2013
On Friday 11th March 2011, at the British Leisure Show in Windsor, two ordinary guys are starting one extraordinary challenge - a head to head race to climb over the height of Everest by making 738 ascents of a 12m climbing wall.
On Friday, March 11th 2011, at The British Leisure Show in Windsor, Tom Lancaster and Jonny Briggs will push themselves to their limits as they attempt something that has never been done before. 738 ascents of a 12 metre wall will take either Tom or Jonny to the summit of the worlds highest mountain, and into the record books, as they go head to head in an epic, and vertical, endurance race - The Longest Climb. An estimated 20 hours of climbing will see the boys reach a cumulative height of 8,854m, 6 metres higher than Mt. Everest as measured from sea level, and whoever completes the challenge first will set a new Guinness World Record. Tom and Jonny are hoping to raise 30,000 for three worthy causes; Mountain Rescue England and Wales, Heart UK and Amnesty International.
The two friends will be climbing more than 10 times the height of the worlds tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which stands at 828m. Imagine climbing 3000 flights of stairs, and then imagine the stairs are vertical and you have to do it using your arms, said Tom The competition between us is great. Im stronger than Jonny but hes fitter so its anyones race. We are not rich or famous, but we are lucky enough to be healthy and if we can use this to make a difference, then thats great!
As they enter the final stages of preparation the training is intense, a rigorous schedule of cycling, rowing and strength training combined with hour upon hour on the climbing wall. They know this is going to be tough, a test of resource and willpower as much as physical strength and prowess, but they are determined to give it their all.
With an estimated attendance figure of 20,000 for The British Leisure Show they are hoping that lots of people will go along to cheer them on. The support of the public will make an immense difference to us, and will really help us to keep on climbing said Tom. If we can pull this off it will be amazing,added Jonny. By raising the money we hope for it will be a double win for us, the sense of achievement will be massive and we will have contributed to three charities that are important to us.
The Climb, and the record, will be dedicated to the memory of Rupert Rosedale, who taught Tom to climb while he was at school, and who was tragically killed in an avalanche on Scotlands Ben Nevis on December 30, 2009. He was an amazing man, who will be sorely missed by thousands, says Tom, not only did he teach me to climb and enjoy the outdoors, he was the man I looked up to and respected the most while I was at school.
For details about the Longest Climb and information on how to support Jonny and Tom by sponsoring them or simply donating please visit www.thelongestclimb.net, and follow them on twitter @thelongestclimb, and on facebook www.facebook.com/thelongestclimb