Sisters Neve and Abbie (age 6 and 8)
NECCR was contacted by Neve and Abbie’s dad Mark, who has shared their story below – these are his words:
Neve and Abbie were disappointed they couldn’t run with their Daddy when the Cancer Run was cancelled, but when they found out about ‘The Climb’, they jumped at the chance to get involved.
Biting off more than I thought they could chew, we opted to take on the World’s summit and Mount Everest. This meant averaging nearly 300m per climb every day in October! How hard could it be I thought.. Well after the first two days of only getting 3 metres per climb of their stairs at home and 7 metres for the Sundial stairs in Silverlink park, very! If not genuinely impossible.
They got to it every day though. After school, before bed, after clubs and ALL weekend, until they blasted their daily averages to the top of some awesome summits. We visited some great local sights, always looking for the steepest hills and stairs to get the most height each and every climb.
They’d never walked up and down so many stairs! It was brutal at times. Motivated by the app and finding out which mountain was being reached next, they always fired on, with their legs burning and all of our heads banging. There were tears and some mild tantrums in the wind and rain, but there was so much heart and they never gave up, seeing some special locations and sights along the way.
Reminding themselves why they were doing it, each and every climb helped them no doubt. We honestly didn’t think they could keep it up for the entire month, but on the afternoon of Halloween at the top of Carlisle Park, they reached their Everest and raising over £1000 for NECCR along the way.
We couldn’t be more proud of our two little climbing legends – Everest-ers! Smashed it!
Well done girls, and thank you from all at NECCR – you should be VERY proud!!