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Harder Than We Imagined - Hignett

11 June 2013

It's now Day Three for the Finlay Cooper Fund trekkers on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Craig Hignett caught up with BBC Tees again this morning to bring us an update as the group make their way towards the summit.

“It’s a beautiful morning here but last night was very very cold. I’ll give you a little insight into what we did yesterday; we walked 2.2miles but it was that steep it took seven hours – it was a long day yesterday and we needed a bit of rest last night.

“Like I said though, it was very cold last night and it was cold this morning but the sun seems to have burnt it away and it’s a nice day now. 

“Coming here last week we didn’t know what to expect when we got here and when you see what is in front of you – we are staring at the summit now and it is jaw dropping. 

“It is harder than we imagined I think, it is gruelling and tiring but we have a great guide in Simon and I am sure he’ll do everything he can to get us to the top.

“There was a bit of drama on the mountain yesterday – Jeff Stelling is a hero! He saved Mike Riley from falling a massive three feet off a mountain to certain death,” Hignett joked. 

Jeff Stelling also shared his views from the mountain, speaking again to BBC Tees, 

“It is definitely more interesting than sitting in the studio on a Saturday and the people I am with are more interesting than the panel.

“It is great going, there is some amazing scenery – it’s very much like Ward Jackson Park in Hartlepool, it’s much like that at the moment.

“The weather is glorious but it is tough like Craig said, it has been slow going and we can see the summit of the mountain right now covered in snow – I thought we were going for a bit of a walk in the park. 

“Chris Bonington should be going up there, not Stelling, Cooper, Hignett and the rest – I think we’re all mad, I really do.” 

Craig Hignett will be speaking to Alistair Brownlee each morning at around 6.30am to bring daily updates from Kilimanjaro. You’ll also be able to hear the latest news and updates in the BBC Tees Sports Bulletin at 6pm (95FM).

We’ll continue to bring you a daily summary here on as the Pools’ pair, along with Jeff Stelling and ten other trekkers climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

To sponsor Cooper, Hignett, Stelling and their fellow Kilimanjaro trekkers visit  or to donate £5 text “coop15 £5” to 70070.

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