St Cuthbert’s Way challenge for Cool after father’s death

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Renowned mountaineer Kenton Cool will tackle a new challenge when he takes part in a 30-hour, 100km endurance event in Northumberland to raise funds for dementia research.

Kenton – who has scaled Everest more times than any other Briton and guided Sir Ranulph Fiennes to the summit – will take part in Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Race the Tide fund-raising event in September, trekking the length of St Cuthbert’s Way.

The climber was inspired to support the UK’s leading dementia research charity after losing his father to the condition in October last year.

Race the Tide covers a route stretching from Melrose in the Scottish Borders to Holy Island and walkers will have 30 hours to complete the 100km challenge before the finishing point is cut off by the incoming tide.

The event on September 10 and 11 will see participants walk through the night to reach the finish line, taking on some steep hill climbs and rough terrain along the way.

Kenton will take part in the event with his friend Andrew Kewley, who has also seen the impact of dementia in his family, and David Long, head coach at CrossFit in Cirencester, where the pair train together.

He said: “When Andrew told me about Race the Tide, I really wanted to support it as it’s a cause that resonates strongly with him.

“Having seen my father’s battle with dementia, I also wanted to help support research into the condition.

“Modern medicine is fantastic and there have been great strides in research into conditions like cancer, now we need the same for dementia.”

For more information about Race the Tide and to sign up, visit www.arukrace thetide.org or call 0300 111 5 777. Registration fees to help to cover the cost are £50.