Ken Tate, a sexton at St George’s Parish Church in Belfast, is on the final countdown to leaving for the Himalayas where he will take part in his second Everest Marathon on November 27.
Ken, who is aged 65, will be in the Everest region for three weeks, trekking to the start near Everest Base Camp. This gives him and the other competitors time to acclimatise to the very high altitude, something Ken will not be taking lightly – he did his last Everest Marathon 10 years ago.
Today Ken told Good Morning Ulster all about the challenges he faces, and you can listen to the interview (Ken is featured 2 hours 20 minutes into the show).
To get a visual impression of just what Ken is undertaking physically and mentally the Everest Marathon featured in a recent BBC 2 documentary Mountain – Life at the Extreme. (The Everest Marathon features from 37 minutes – 43 minutes).
Read Ken’s full story (as told first on this website) where you can also learn how to sponsor Ken who is raising money for the Everest Marathon Fund’s work on the ground in Nepal.