Canon Stuart Lloyd will endeavour to scale the height of Everest when he climbs Slemish Mountain 50 times in three days.
Stuart, rector of St Patrick’s, Ballymena, will undertake his challenge up the mountain – the top of which is 1,500ft above sea level – on June 16, 17 and 18.
Stuart will be supported by others from the parish, but only he will complete the climb the full 50 times. Funds raised from this mammoth walk will go towards the Sundar Dhoka Church in Katmandu, Nepal, which Stuart and his wife Jane visited recently, and with which Ballymena parish has a well-established link.
Sundar Dhoka Church is a ministry run by people with disabilities for both disabled and able bodied people and does great work with the sick and vulnerable who find themselves in Katmandu. A full report of Stuart and Jane’s visit to Nepal appears in the next issue of Connor diocesan magazine, Connor Connections, which will be available from June 17.
Stuart, a keen cyclist, has been doing very specific training for the challenge. “If you asked me to run three or four miles I probably couldn’t do it, but the cycling helps build up the right muscles, and I have been practicing every day in the church tower,” he said.
“I run up and down the 58 steps 20 or 30 times, so I do the height of Slemish each session.”