Glenrothes pair set for Great Wall charity trek

Paul Martin and  Mark Anderson, along with friend  Jim Lang, have  raised over �7000 so far. Pic: Steve Brown
Paul Martin and Mark Anderson, along with friend Jim Lang, have raised over �7000 so far. Pic: Steve Brown

It may be one of the world’s most formidable man-made structures but it will present no obstacle to their efforts to help a local charity.

That’s the view of friends Paul Martin and Mark Adamson from Glenrothes who are putting the final touches to preparations before heading off to tackle a gruelling ten-day trek along the Great Wall of China.

The pair will take on the challenge as part of their continuing efforts to give the Children’s Hospital Association Scotland charity (CHAS) a much needed cash boost.

They have already raised around £7000 from a combination of car boot sales, auctions, and live entertainment evenings, with some of the funds helping to cover the cost of the trek, while over £1600 of which has already been collected and presented to CHAS volunteers.

And Paul says once the complete the trek is expected to net over £4000 for the charity.

“It’s a once in a lifetime trip and to do it to help a good cause just makes it even better,” he said.

“Because of the support the charity gave a member of my family some years ago I have a huge amount of respect and gratitude for the good work the people at CHAS do.

‘‘To give something back seemed only natural,” added Paul.

The pair will have to draw on every last bit of minute of their 12 months of hill walking and fitness training if they are to conquer the magnitude of the Great Wall.

“We’ve been told that the toughest part will not be the mileage but the arduous nature of the mountainous terrain.

‘‘That’s where our 12 months of stamina training, gym work, walking and build up will hopefully help,” Paul explained.

“Despite the terrain, it’ll be an experience of a life time.”

Great Wall and awe of Heavenly Ladder

The pair will be expected to walk a section of the 5500 mile Great Wall that dates back to Ming Dynasty of the seventh century.

As part of the ten-day charity trek Paul and Mark will climb the infamous ‘Heavenly Ladder’ (also known as Heaven’s Ladder or Heaven’s Gateway) at Mutianyu- a crumbling thousand step climb which in parts has an 80 per cent gradient.

But if you make it to the top the gruelling effort is rewarded with stunning panoramic views above Huangyaguan.

“The ladder is going to be incredibly tough but I’m told the views from the top are well worth it and we’re determined not to be beaten,” said Paul.

Support their efforts via their Facebook page - Two Guys One Wall.