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Local charity launches 2021 Val des Terres challenge

Local charity launches 2021 Val des Terres challenge

Tuesday 05 January 2021

Local charity launches 2021 Val des Terres challenge

Tuesday 05 January 2021


Islanders are being encouraged to climb the total height of Mount Everest throughout the month of January, in a challenge to benefit the Sarah Groves Foundation.

Participants are being asked to complete 115 laps of a route which takes them up Le Val des Terres and down George Road back to the starting point.

Each lap is 1.6km long, with 77m elevation; at the end of the month, those who have completed all 115 will have scaled roughly 8848m - or, the total height of Mount Everest.

Over 100 individuals and teams have already begun to make the climb, raising over £5,000 in the first week. Last year, the first edition of the challenge raised £20,000, and Sarah Groves Foundation founder Vic Groves hopes to beat that in 2021 with a total of £25,000.

"The idea is that everyone raises at least £1 for every lap, so £115 by the time they finish," he said.

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Pictured: Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world, standing at 8848m high.

"You can run it, you can walk it, you can do it backwards, people can even do it collectively and divide the laps up amongst a team, so long as they give it a go," said Mr Groves.

The money raised will go towards the Sarah Groves Foundation, but this year they will also be making a donation to the Guernsey Youth Commission and Sports Commission from the money raised.

The challenge has already begun and will run until 30 January; people are still able to sign up, or donate to others who are completing the challenge. More information is available in the Facebook Group for the event.

Pictured top: Islanders are being encouraged to complete 115 laps of the Valle des Terres, in support of the Sarah Groves Foundation.

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