Preparing for charity challenge

Jeff Stelling with Craig Hignett, left, and Colin Cooper, right, ahead of their charity climb up Mount Kilimanjaro.

Jeff Stelling with Craig Hignett, left, and Colin Cooper, right, ahead of their charity climb up Mount Kilimanjaro.

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HE admits he was “crazy” to sign up, but preparations are going well for Jeff Stelling ahead of a charity climb up Kilimanjaro.

The Hartlepool-born Sky Sports presenter is no stranger to endurance challenges having completed the London Marathon eight times.

He expects the 13-hour trek to the summit of the 5,895ft Tanzanian mountain to be one of his toughest challenges yet, but didn’t think twice about agreeing to take part and supporting the “fantastic” Finlay Cooper Fund and has been in training.

The fund was set up by former Boro defender Colin Cooper and his wife, Julie, following the tragic death of their son, Finlay, who died in a choking accident shortly before his second birthday 10 years ago.

Jeff will be joined by a team including Colin Cooper and another former Boro star, Craig Hignett, in the challenge.

“I’ve been in training, I walked to the pub last night instead of going in the car,” Jeff joked.

“It was no easy walk, it was icy underfoot so I’ll be prepared.

“Seriously, The Finlay Cooper Fund asked me to take part for what is a fantastic cause and I said yes.”

To sponsor Jeff and the trekkers visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/finlaycooperfund or to donate £5 text “coop15 £5” to 70070.