Eleanor is part of team tackling the Man vs Mountain challenge on the 5th September, here she tells us why
On the 5 September 2015 myself and three others will be participating in an event called Man v's Mountain which involves a 20 mile run up & down Snowdon. Our journey will begin at sea level steadily climbing through the beautiful landscapes of Northern Wales to the summit of Snowdon. Once we have braved the elements and descended from the summit we will face a vertical kilometre, along with a few obstacles like abseiling and some land and water based obstacles all thrown in for good measure!
You may ask yourself why I am taking on this challenge. One of my closest friends has a son named Rio who just before his first birthday was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy whereby he requires round the clock attention. Rio is unable to do many things that we take for granted as people and parents such as sitting up, standing, talking & walking. His family have been highlighted about the many things he will not do, but not the many things he can with help, support and encouragement. Having a loving family around him who push and support him, Rio is now attending a specialised school in Sheffield which helps children with conditions like Rio's and a school who can see his potential and push his boundaries. However, the LEA will not fund Rio to attend this school. Since attending, Rio has made huge improvements, things which his family were told he would never do. I am helping raise money for Rio in order for him to continue attending this school which has clearly helped massively in the goals he has so far achieved.
I will make it up & down that mountain whether it be running, walking or crawling for that little man whose infectious smile bowls me over when I see him