Adrian takes on 'Everest'

25th June 2019

Meningitis Now fundraiser Adrian is taking his support for the charity to new heights by cycling to the top of “Mount Everest"

Everesting fundraising

Adrian, from Chesterfield in Derbyshire, is taking on a trial known as “Everesting” – which he explained meant cycling the total ascent of the mountain on one hill repeatedly without stopping, until the total distance is completed.

He calculates this will take 16 to 17 hours and cover around 170 miles on the same 1.75 mile hill. A challenge Adrian himself refers to as “borderline bonkers” – unsurprisingly when he describes his training regime as including starting out at 3.30am to help him get used to riding through the night.

Having previously taken on similar distance challenges, like riding from “John O’Groats to Lands End” and “London to Paris”, Adrian has some idea what he’s in for. But he admitted that none of them came close to this challenge – which he said was highly ambitious, both mentally and physically.

And what makes the challenge all the more remarkable is that Adrian himself is a meningitis survivor.

“In 2012, aged 27, I had a headache – one I couldn’t shake off,” he said. “After a week the pain in my head was close to unbearable and early one morning other symptoms emerged.

“The whole right side of my body dropped and I was unable to move, I was unable to speak and make any sense and I developed a severe painful sensitivity to light. The pain in my head was debilitating.” 

Adrian’s wife Mel called an ambulance which rushed him to hospital – where it was found that his symptoms were being caused by viral meningitis which had led to complications such as encephalitis (swelling of the brain).

“I was very quickly administered an anti-viral drug without which I would have almost certainly died,” he added.

Adrian said there were no guarantees he would be able to regain his full strength in his right side, or his complete speech but that he had been extremely lucky that his wife acted when she did and the hospital administrated the right vaccine in time.

“In the weeks and months following I was able to make an almost full recovery,” he said. “I personally knew someone who had exactly the same illness as me and did not make it. I am a very lucky survivor”.

Adrian’s Everest challenge will start at 10pm on Friday 2 August and finish around 4pm on Saturday 4 August, on a hill just outside Chesterfield. 

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