TOWCESTER businessman Tony McMurray has finally been defeated by one of his fund raising challenges due to safety fears.
Mr McMurray has raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity over the last few years through a successful series of gruelling challenges in which he has cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats, run the Paris marathon then cycled to back to England to take part in the London marathon a week later, climbed Kilimanjaro, and last year he kayaked the length of the River Thames.
This week he was forced to abandoned his attempt at climbing the peak of Mont Blanc, the second highest peak in Europe. Only last week the body of a Slovenian man was recovered from the mountain after a similar attempt.
Mr McMurray has been consoled by Alan Hinkes OBE, one of Britain’s most successful mountaineers. who simply said: “Coming back is a success, summit a bonus.”
Despite being turned back from the Mont Blanc summit Mr McMurray reached Italy’s highest peak during a training climb and has still raised more than £2,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society and the Oxford Transplant Foundation.
To make a donation visit Towcester Tearooms or log on to www.justgiving.com/Mont-Blanc-2011 .