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Triumph on Mount Kilimanjaro!

Posted on November 10th, 2015

With a passion for challenges and raising funds for various charities, Hayley Russell a patient at Harris and Ross, has to ensure everything is in working order. In preparation for her numerous sporting events, Hayley is currently undergoing regular maintenance sessions with Director, Jeff Ross.

Hayley has suffered in the past with troubles, which unfortunately prevented her from taking part in the London Marathon earlier this year, ‘but Harris and Ross soon got me back to training, and I completed the rest of my challenges, Tough Mudder in June, Scotland, and the St Helens Triathlon’. This year all proceeds from Hayley’s participation in events go to the Steve Prescott Foundation.

Back in January 2014 Hayley started her foot training in order to prepare for the London Marathon. A couple of months later, she started her treatment on her Thoracic spine as she was sore from a 100 mile bike ride around London, however Jeff was able to get her back to health for the Manchester to Blackpool Bike Ride. But since the cycle, Hayley has felt pain in her calf and Achilles on both sides, as well as experiencing lower back pain and hamstring tightness. Through determination to improve and to continue with her numerous, self-inflicted challenges, Hayley is following a flexibility and rehab programme, in order to stay on top of her previous niggles and injuries.

For her most recent challenge, she has set her sights high (literally!) and has completed a climb up Mt Kilimanjaro. Each of the forty climbers including Hayley, raised £4000 each for the Steve Prescott Foundation and scaled the 19,341ft mountain in just six days, rather than the usual nine days it takes for a typical climber!

Not only have they conquered the mountain, they have smashed a Guinness World Record…Played a full game of rugby league, at nearly 6000 meters on the summit of the mountain. Two incredible feats in less than a week, both accomplishments Hayley can tick off her bucket list!

A rugby league game wouldn’t have been the same without a couple of league players and leaders from the rugby world, to help with the game as well as the climb; Adrian Morley from the Salford Red Devils, retired players Lee Briers, Barrie McDermott, Garreth Carvell, Chico Jackson, Mike Wainwright, Neil Harmon and Alan Hunte. Despite playing in tough conditions they weren’t able to get away with free passes, so to keep them in check, referee Robert Hicks from the RFL joined them on the climb. In order to secure their entry in the Guinness Book of Records, the team had to endure the full 80 minutes of the rugby league game. Fellow climbers included actor Matt Lewis, also known as Neville Longbottom from the Harry Potter film series; both Beccy Meehan from the BBC and Angela Powers from Sky Sports, documented the climb and took part in the rugby game.


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