United legend Bryan Robson and his fellow trekkers last week conquered Mount Kilimanjaro and raised over £103,000 for Manchester United Foundation.
‘Captain Marvel’ led the 26-strong team, including his ex-teammate Kevin Moran, during the 10-day expedition and on reaching the summit of the world’s tallest freestanding mountain called it the “hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life”.
In order to reach the 5895m peak at 5am on the Wednesday morning, the trekkers set off from camp at 11pm the previous night and walked until dawn whilst battling altitude sickness and temperatures as low as -22˚C with severe wind.
The 56-year-old ex-England and Manchester United captain said, “I can’t tell you how hard it was; it was absolute agony at certain stages. It’s fantastic to see the scenery when you reach the top; it’s just incredible, but the final day was the hardest 24 hours of my life.”
Former United and Ireland defender Moran added, “It was really key that the group gelled so well together; there was fantastic camaraderie and never one raised voice. There were times when it was so difficult, but everyone did it their own way. It just shows you that everyone has their own reserves, their own strength and they were able to pull themselves through.”
The trek was supported by Manchester United partners Aon and Singha; all money raised by the trekkers will go towards the Manchester United Foundation’s work with young people across Greater Manchester.
Morson Group sponsored the team, and Bryan kept himself warm wearing the Morson hat (pictured).
Bryan concluded, “For us to raise over £100,000 for Manchester United Foundation, it’s been a really worthwhile trip. These trips are no good unless we get support from the fans back home and our total really shows that that has happened, so I’d like to thank everybody for their support.
“It’s been an amazing experience but I’ve got to stress it’s been a really tough experience – good luck to anyone who ever wants to try climbing Kilimanjaro!”