FARMER’S son John Lamont is right on top of his preparation for climbing Africa’s highest mountain - the biggest challenge of his life.
The 29-year-old of Scotscraig, Tayport, is one of only a handful of Scots among 18 people from all over the world who have signed up to climb Kilimanjaro, in aid of the St Andrews-based Association for International Cancer Research (AICR).
Under the banner ‘Help us conquer cancer by conquering Kilimanjaro,’ the trekkers will be supported throughout their training and on the mountain by AICR fund-raising and events co-ordinator, Suzanne Shaw (24) - like John, a former pupil of Madras College in St Andrews - and Emma Burnett (26) a donor development assistant with the charity.
John said: “My training for the trip is going really well.
“Already a keen Munro bagger, I am doing all the things I love to do.
“I am cycling between 150 and 200 miles a week on my mountain bike and continuing to head up the Munros as often as I can.”
There are still two places available for the trip. People applying will need to be physically fit and have a positive mental attitude.
Suzanne has spent 18 months organising events for AICR, but thought it was time to experience for herself what it felt like to take part.
“I am going on the trek to support our brilliant team of participants,” she said.
“I’ve never met a team of people who are so full of enthusiasm and determination to reach the summit and I thought it was about time to get involved – not only as an organiser, but as a participant.”
Suzanne went on: “Every day, thousands of people are faced with the challenge of beating cancer and over half of those still cannot be treated effectively.
“Events like this help to raise awareness of how important cancer research really is, and it’s great that AICR is at the forefront of the battle against cancer.”
Emma volunteered after Suzanne asked for help in supporting the team on Kilimanjaro.
“I’ve never been trekking before,” she confessed.
“I don’t own a pair of walking boots, I hate snakes and bugs and trekking 19,000ft is not how I’d choose to spend my summer.
“Even though I enjoy keeping fit, this will be a major challenge for me, not only physically but also mentally.”
Anyone who would like more information, or to join the trek, should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the main AICR switchboard on 01334 477910.