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James Illman

Everesting Aston Hill

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the cancellation of numerous fundraising activities, and charities have been left with financial shortfalls. In normal times the charity I ran the 2018 London Marathon for, DEBRA, would make over £100,000 from donations linked to this one event.[/p][p]I've been considering an 'Everesting' attempt for some time, and with the slight relaxing of the lockdown comes a chance to give it a go, all the while raising money for a charity close to my heart: DEBRA.[/p][p]'Everesting' involves cycling up and down the same stretch of road until you have climbed the height of Mount Everest: 8848m. It must be undertaken in a single ride, without sleep, and entirely by bicycle - no walking allowed![/p][p]The hill I have chosen for this challenge is Aston Hill, Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire. It is notable for a number of reasons:[/p][p][i] * After Lionel Martin raced his tuned Singer car at the hill with with some success in 1914, he incorporated it's name into his burgeoning car company, Aston Martin.[/i][/p][p][i] * No one has ever Everested this hill before to the best of my knowledge.[/i][/p][p][i] * The hill is steep ([gt]12% in places), which means less distance is required to achieve 8848m of vertical ascent, plus the road is wide and with a good surface - important for the descent.[/i][/p][p][i] *It is a reasonably large climb for my local area with an 80m height gain, which means fewer turnarounds but still 112 reps![/i][/p][p]I plan to start the attempt at dawn (04:56) on Monday 25th May, and be finished by dusk (21:04). If anyone rides out to support, please remember to abide by the current social distancing regulations.[/p][p]Hopefully in the process we can raise a small sum to help support DEBRA in it's goal of curing the genetic skin condition, Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), and supporting sufferers of the disease. As many of you will know, I myself have a mild form of EB, but I will be riding on behalf of those who are in a far worse position than myself. For more info on EB, please see the [url=http://www.debra.org.uk/]DEBRA website[/url].[/p][p]Your support in this would be much appreciated and will truly help sufferers of what can be a very debilitating condition.[/p][p]James[/p]
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Event

Personal Challenge Date

25 May 2020

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Supporters

Jun 12, 2020

Dan and Kate de Zille

£50.00

Jun 12, 2020

Rob Birkhead

So inspiring James! And to think how far you've come from eating whole blocks of Cheddar cheese in the build room.

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jun 6, 2020

marilyn

Only just found out about your inspiring fundraising challenge to support those suffering with EB. An inspiration to us all - 'Love & Compassion in Action'

£100.00

Jun 4, 2020

David

Inspiring stuff James. As a fellow (mild) EB sufferer, and cyclist who hates the hills, I salute you!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

May 26, 2020

Helen

James, what a fantastic achievement!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

May 26, 2020

Dave W

James "Hill-Man" Illman from now on!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

May 26, 2020

Dan Brayson

Great effort!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

May 26, 2020

Marga and Kareljan

Well done James!

£20.00

May 26, 2020

Rob

Congrats James.

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

May 26, 2020

John H

Awesome James!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid