Matlock teen conquers Everest cycling challenge in tribute to friends

Matlock Cycling Club member Ewan Mackie, 15, completed the Everest challenge in Cromford on Saturday, April 14. His efforts have so far raised more than �1,500 for Cardiac Risk in the Young and CLIC Sargent, in memory of Hayfield youngster Charlie Craig.
Matlock Cycling Club member Ewan Mackie, 15, completed the Everest challenge in Cromford on Saturday, April 14. His efforts have so far raised more than �1,500 for Cardiac Risk in the Young and CLIC Sargent, in memory of Hayfield youngster Charlie Craig.

Matlock Cycling Club member Ewan Mackie, 15, conquered the Everest Challenge at High Peak Junction on Saturday, April 14, helping to raise more than £1,500 so far for Cardiac Risk in the Young and CLIC Sargent.

The challenge involves cycling repeatedly up one hill, without stopping, until the rider’s elevation gain reaches the height of Mount Everest at 8,848 metres. Ewan completed the feat in 62 ascents up Sheep Pasture incline, which is around 1,200 metres long at a gradient of 1:8.

He took on the challenge in memory of Hayfield cyclist Charlie Craig, who died last year at the age of 15, and another friend currently recovering from a brain tumour.

For more details, or to make a donation, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/everest4charlie.