Brave boy spurs ex-soldier

INSPIRING TALK: Rtn David Neilson, Rtn Marie Adams, Gavin Chamberlain, Ripley Rotary Club president Owen Briggs and Rtn Paul Rose, left to right.

INSPIRING TALK: Rtn David Neilson, Rtn Marie Adams, Gavin Chamberlain, Ripley Rotary Club president Owen Briggs and Rtn Paul Rose, left to right.

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Ex-soldier Gavin Chamberlain will be tackling one of his toughest challenges yet, when he takes part in the highest marathon in the world.

Gavin, one of 200 people taking part in the 2012 Mount Everest Marathon, will have to run at an altitude of 83,000 feet.

His aim is to raise as much money as possible to provide prosthetic limbs for 11-year-old Ripley lad Edward Bright, who lost parts of his limbs after contracting meningitis.

Gavin, who lives in Ripley, talked to the town’s Rotarians about the rigorous training programme he is undergoing to get himself into shape for this month’s mammoth challenge.

Rtn David Neilson gave a vote of thanks on behalf of the club and asked him to come back to the club on his return and talk about his experiences.