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JOHN READY TO TO PROVE HE'S AT HIS 'PEAK!'

HANNAH GREAVES

10:30 - 24 February 2005

An 'adventure junkie' from Polesworth is nearing his greatest challenge yet as he prepares to climb the highest peak in Africa - Mount Kilimanjaro.

42-year-old John Price, will swap his desk job for trekking gear when he flies from Birmingham to Tanzania on February 16 to raise money for the Leukaemia Research Fund.

John, a co-director and founder of Polesworth based import company Bearings International Limited, will begin his seven-day ascent attempt on February 18, starting in Moshi, Tanzania and taking the lesser used, more remote, Western Beach route.

The ascent should culminate on the morning of February 24 when he will stand at the top of Africa.

John has been training since October, regularly walking as far as Bedworth and back and feels he is prepared for the challenge ahead.

He said of the approaching 19,340ft climb: "I am as ready as I'll ever be."

John would like to thank all the local residents and motorists who have voiced and 'beeped' their support when they have seen him out walking with his rucksack.

He has so far donated 1,300 to Leukaemia Research including a cheque for 1,000 from Polesworth Garage Ltd, his main sponsor.

However, John expects the final total to reach between 1,600 and 1,700 once all the pledges have come in.

John said he will be putting a copy of the Herald in his rucksack so he won't forget his roots when he reaches the summit.



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