10 good reasons to join John Hartson for the BraveHart Ben Nevis Challenge, 12-14 July 2013

John Hartson with his wife and fellow BraveHart, Sarah Hartson

John Hartson with wife and fellow BraveHart, Sarah

#1 If John can climb Ben Nevis, so can you. Sure, he may be an ex-professional footballer turned Assistant Manager for the Welsh FA with fitness levels most of us can only aspire to. But when John first scaled Ben Nevis back in 2010 he had only recently completed treatment for testicular cancer; treatment so gruelling that on one occasion his heart stopped beating. Resuscitated by medical staff, John made a promise to himself that if he won his battle against the disease he would one day go on to climb Ben Nevis – a promise he made good exactly one year to the day that he had stopped breathing.

#2 By taking part in the 2013 Challenge, you could help save lives. Literally. If caught early enough, the recovery rate for testicular cancer is as high as 95 per cent. That’s why John is making it his mission to raise awareness of the symptoms of testicular cancer and the need for men to check themselves regularly, so that they can spot anything out of the ordinary sooner rather than later and speak to their GP. John wasn’t aware of the warning signs and ignored them with the result that what began as testicular cancer spread to his lungs and brain, requiring round after round of operations and treatments.

#3 The money raised will go towards supporting others affected by cancer. Though John’s own personal battle with cancer began as testicular cancer, the John Hartson Foundation is working hard to help those affected by all kinds of cancer: men, women, children and their families. Most recently, the Foundation presented a cheque for £25,000 to the Yorkhill Children’s Foundation in Glasgow, and before that, a £20,000 cheque to the Maggie’s Centre in Swansea.

#4 You, meanwhile, will be able to say you’ve climbed the single highest mountain on the British Isles. (Go you!) Located in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands, close to the town of Fort William, Ben Nevis stands at some 1,344 metres above sea level (that’s 259 metres above than the next highest mountain in Britain, Mount Snowdon, for fact fans) and attracts over 100,000 climbers and walkers every year.

#5 If you are of average fitness then you’re fit enough to take on the Challenge. That said, it takes roughly eight hours to trek the nine or so miles up and down Ben Nevis so it’s advisable to prepare your muscles well in advance for lots of upward walking.

#6 You’ll get to meet some great people. Young and old, those recovering from cancer and those walking in memory of loved ones they’ve lost to cancer, you’ll meet people from all walks of life during the BraveHart Ben Nevis Challenge, all of whom are there for the same reason – to make a real difference. If you think you’d benefit from having a walking buddy to spur you on in your training, the John Hartson Foundation can help connect you with others that have registered from your local area.

#7 It’s very much a team event. The 2013 Challenge will be staged over one weekend, kicking off with a safety briefing at base camp – a nearby hotel in Fort William – on the evening of Friday 12 July 2013. Saturday 13 will begin with a hearty breakfast followed by the guided climb with John and the team, after which it’s back to base camp for a celebratory dinner and presentation ceremony, with a farewell breakfast on Sunday 14. All of which is being organised with the help of outdoor challenge specialists, Ptarmigan Events. You can read the full itinerary here or read more about Ptarmigan Events here.

#8 The sooner you register, the more training you can do – and the more enjoyable you’ll find the climb on the day. Once you register you’ll receive a welcome pack with a recommended training plan to help prepare you for the climb and a fundraising pack with lots of useful hints and tips.

#9 Every person to register equals more money raised. So why not sign up with friends, family or colleagues? You’ll each be asked to pay a non-refundable registration fee of £50 and to raise a minimum of £500 in sponsorship for the John Hartson Foundation – money that will help the Foundation continue its work supporting those affected by cancer. In exchange, you’ll get return coach transfer from Glasgow to Fort William, two nights dinner, bed and breakfast, plus a packed lunch for the climb itself. (If you don’t require transport or accommodation, just speak to the Challenge team when registering.)

#10 It’s quick and easy to register. However, places are limited so register online today by clicking here.

To find out more about the work of the John Hartson Foundation click here. Alternatively, for updates of the Foundation’s work, follow @HartsonFND

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