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Climbing | Kilimanjaro

Kili scaled by Welsh rugby captains



15 Welsh rugby captains were overjoyed after they climbed to the top of Africa’s Kilimanjaro. The team, featuring Scott Gibbs, Andy Moore and Paul Thorburn — reached the summit in mid September.

The group of the sports stars were joined by Welsh businessman James Osgood.

In an article by Ben Wright, Mr Osgood, who works for Peter's Pies, noted the climbers were overjoyed at reaching the top.

"So difficult to breath up there. Three times I felt that there was no way I'd complete it. There's a massive sense of achievement, though no one would do it again," he said.

The expedition, titled ‘The Captain's Climb’ hopes to raise £1 million for cancer charity the Stepping Stones Appeal. Proceeds will go to the Wales Cancer Bank, which aims to collect lung samples for cancer specialists based across the globe.

It came about after Welsh Rugby Union photographer Huw Evans's wife, Sue, a non-smoker, had lung cancer diagnosed.

Huw disclosed, "You just feel so angry and helpless when someone who you love has cancer diagnosed — and it's not their fault," he added.

"I couldn't go through the chemotherapy, but I know that I could do something to raise money for lung cancer research."

His dream to ascend Kilimanjaro won the support of 15 former Welsh rugby captains, as well as a group of about 30 more.

Captain now mountain climber Thorburn said: "The tension in the air felt as if we were on the Welsh team bus heading off for a gruelling encounter in front of 70,000 spectators."

Original article: ‘Peak rugby performers’ by Ben Wright (swwmedia.co.uk)

Image: © Huw Evans Agency (Huw Evans Agency)



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