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Kilimanjaro boy in challenge to complete Hadrian's Wall

Jack Harley-Walsh
Jack conquered Mount Kilimanjaro when he was 10

An 11-year-old who became one of the youngest people to climb Mount Kilimanjaro has set off on his latest challenge.

But this time Jack Harley-Walsh will remain on home turf as he walks 73 miles (117 km) along Hadrian's Wall.

The schoolboy, of Ascot, Berkshire, will be raising money for the RNLI.

Jack was only 10 when he climbed Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya and Mount Meru with his mother Sue in August last year.

The pair are expected to complete the challenge, from Wallsend, North Tyneside, to Bowness-on-Solway, Cumbria, in five days.

Camel accident

Jack wanted to raise awareness of the sea rescue charity after riding an RNLI simulator.

Ms Walsh said: "He said he needed to celebrate his 11th birthday.

"He reckons that if it was 53 miles to walk up and down Kilimanjaro, then walking the extra miles further from the east to west of the UK must be a bigger challenge.

"There was no reasoning with him for this one."

Jack raised money for the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust and charity Sebastian's Action Trust during his African adventure last year.

However just days after climbing his third African peak he had to be airlifted to hospital after falling from a camel and banging his head.



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