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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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Personal Challenge Date

25 May 2020



Jun 12, 2020

Dan and Kate de Zille


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


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


Jun 4, 2020


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


James, what a fantastic achievement!

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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!

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May 26, 2020

Marga and Kareljan

Well done James!


May 26, 2020


Congrats James.

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May 26, 2020

John H

Awesome James!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid