Teen to scale great heights

Craig Woodworth of Wilson Square, Norbreck, ready for his Everest expedition

Craig Woodworth of Wilson Square, Norbreck, ready for his Everest expedition

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THIS adventurous teenager will scale new heights when he climbs the world’s highest mountain.

Greg Woodworth, of Wilson Square, Norbreck, is taking on Mount Everest and at 29.000 feet above sea level it is one mammoth task.

The Leeds Metropolitan University student hopes to raise £2,400 for Child Reach International – a charity set up in 2004 providing children with access to education and protection.

The business studies student said: “I’m really looking forward to doing it, maybe a little nervous, I’ve climbed mountains in the Lake District before but nothing near this height before.

“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity – it will be great to say I have climbed Everest and on top of that it gives some money to a good cause and can help promote the charity.”

Greg is running every day to make sure he is fit for the challenge.

He said: “Obviously your body needs to be in tip top condition, but it is the height that I think will be the hardest thing to tackle.

“Nothing can really prepare you for Everest but I will have to include some mountain running in my training to get more used to it.”

The 19-year-old will join 17 of his university class mates for the Himalayan climb and during the week will visit the communities supported by Child Reach International.

He said: “It will take seven days to actually climb Everest but during the trip, in June, we will get to meet the people benefiting from our sponsorship money.

“I am really looking forward to that, I love the great outdoors and the idea of climbing the world’s highest mountain is fantastic but helping communities is what it is all about.

“The charity does a great job giving youngsters access to health care, child rights and protection within the developing world.”