Pools’ charity climbers are in peak condition

Kilimanjaro trekkers in training. Nick Howe (left) with Hellvellyn Dye & Colin Cooper
Kilimanjaro trekkers in training. Nick Howe (left) with Hellvellyn Dye & Colin Cooper
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A TEAM of intrepid climbers led by Hartlepool United’s new management team have been putting in some rigorous training as they get ready to scale one of the world’s highest mountains.

A team of 15 climbers, including Sky Sports presenter and Mail old boy Jeff Stelling, have been putting in some tough practice for their attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa for charity.

The group, who all have links to football, will fly out to Africa on Friday and hope to reach the summit a week later.

In readiness new Pools boss Colin Cooper has led the team on practice climbs.

After easing into the training with trips up Roseberry Topping, near Guisborough, it intensified with climbing in rain sleet and snow in the Lake District and Yorkshire three peaks.

The team will also include Hartlepool United’s new assistant manager Craig Hignett, football fans and trustees of the Finlay Cooper Fund.

Colin Cooper and his wife Julie set up the fund in memory of their son who tragically died in a choking accident shortly before his second birthday 11 years ago.

He said: “We’re all determined to do our level best to reach the top of Kilimanjaro and it’s amazing to see so man of the lads putting in long, hard hours of training.

“I really hope the people of Teesside will show their support for what these guys are putting themselves through in a bid to make a difference to help seriously ill children in our local area.”

The group will trek for up to 13 hours a day to reach the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, which stands at 19,341 feet.

They will have to walk in a mix of temperatures ranging from 30 degrees to minus 15.

They will attempt to reach the peak during a six-hour climb in darkness to reach the summit in time for a spectacular sunrise.

You can sponsor the trekkers by going to their fundraising page www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/finlaycooperfund.

You can also make a donation by texting COOP15 £5 to 70070.

Potential business sponsors should contact Graham Fordy on 07802 553553.