Spectrum CEO tackles Sir Hillary ascent with charity cycling challenge

03/08/2023

Spectrum’s Chief Executive will be undertaking a gruelling cycling challenge this month for charity. Dr Linda Harris OBE aims to cycle up to 50 miles a day on a tandem e-bicycle, visiting 10 tarns (small mountain lakes) across the Lake District in mid-August.

Dubbed ’10 Tarns On A Tandem’, the challenge will also see an added twist; data collected by the e-bike will record feet climbed, with the aim being to “ascend” Mount Everest.

Dr Linda’s goal falls on the 70th anniversary year of Sir Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay’s pioneering achievement in 1953; the duo were the first in the world to reach the summit of the highest peak on Earth.

Supporting the challenge is Peter Hillary, Chairman of the Himalayan Trust and Sir Edmund’s son. As a mountaineer in his own right (having reached the top of Mount Everest twice himself) Peter continues the legacy of his celebrated father, who passed away in 2008. Peter said, “What a great thing to do! My message to Dr Linda is a quote from my father – It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. I wish her well with her challenge.”

Dr Linda said, “After some amazing climbing and walking challenges in recent years, I am turning my attention to cycling for this year’s charity challenge. I have always wanted to ride a tandem and this year I get to fulfil that ambition! The challenge is an intensive four-day tandem ride that will have myself and my husband (who has kindly agreed to accompany me) take in 10 lakes across Cumbria, wild camping in between, and some serious hill climbs to complete at least the equivalent to climbing Mount Everest!”

’10 Tarns On A Tandem’ follows on from previous charity challenges by Dr Linda; last summer, she completed a 190-mile coast-to-coast trek for the DEC Ukraine Appeal, and in 2021 she conquered ‘10 Peaks In 10 Days’ for Cancer Research UK (to mark Spectrum’s first decade as a business).

Funds raised by ’10 Tarns On A Tandem’ will be split between three charities which reflect the footprint of Spectrum as an organisation: The People’s Kitchen (North East), Release Mates CIC (North West) and Spectrum People (Yorkshire). To donate to the fundraiser and show your support for Dr Linda, click here.

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