A Port Erin man has set himself the enormous challenge of running up hills equivalent to the height of Mount Everest, or 8,848 metres to you and me.
Oliver Chambers will, on his birthday next weekend, seek to run a total of 51 miles as he climbs up and back down the west of the island.
His challenge will involve him running up Eary Cushlin and then carry on up to the summit of Cronk ny Arrey Laa, which is a 1.17 mile route with a gruelling average gradient of 20.5%. He will need to climb this rough and rocky route 22 times, and then descend again the same way.
Taking place on January 29, he will only have a limited amount of daylight to complete the challenge, meaning some of it will have to be done in the dark. He told Gef his planned start time is around 4am.
Oliver said: ‘I have been training hard as this is going to challenge me both physically and mentally. It will test my resolve and resilience and I can’t think of a better way to spend my birthday. The thought of cake at the end will help to keep me going!’
Obviously not challenge like this can be undertaken without a strong support team and for Oliver, he is being supported by John Keggin and his company Island Escapes. John said: ‘This is a huge challenge that Oliver has set himself but he is very determined so I am sure that he will give it his best. Of course, challenges such as these require huge mental strength, so it is very fitting that Oliver has chosen to fundraise for Isle Listen.’
You can support Oliver and Isle Listen too by clicking here and donating to his efforts.