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14-year-old schoolboy completes Everesting in 28 hours without sleep

14-year-old schoolboy completes Everesting in 28 hours without sleep

Zak Burgess (James Mellor) A 14-year-old schoolboy has become one of the youngest people to complete an Everesting, riding 122 miles in 28 hours to…

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Zak Burgess (James Mellor) A 14-year-old schoolboy has become one of the youngest people to complete an Everesting, riding 122 miles in 28 hours to achieve 8,848m of elevation, foregoing sleep until he’d completed his effort.

Zak Burgess from Lancashire used a climb four miles from his front door to climb the height of Mount Everest, and only spent five weeks training for the challenge before starting his ride.

Getting on his bike at 4am, Zak spent the next 28 hours climbing, finishing at 8am the next day, having ridden 122 miles without sleep.

“There were some extreme highs and lows as part of the ride. I don’t really get emotional about things but the extreme tiredness brought a flood of emotion at the end. When you’ve been dreaming of that final moment and then it hits you, it’s big. I’ve never felt anything like it. Crying was my only option – I was speechless,” Burgess said.

He says the hardest moment was when it started to rain at 3am, 23 hours into his effort, but supporters stayed out on the road to keep him going. Zak Burgess (James Mellor) “Riding through the night was the toughest. It started to rain about 3am and it got cold, I thought I wasn’t going to make it but people stayed out through the night and some rode with me to keep me going – shout outs to them all, I wouldn’t have made it without the support.”

Burgess raised over £3,000 for UK charity Re-cycle, which […]

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