Training in the 'chamber of sweat' puts Ade in peak shape for Kilimanjaro trek (From St Helens Star)
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Training in the 'chamber of sweat' puts Ade in peak shape for Kilimanjaro trek
A SAINTS fan has been enduring stints in the rugby league club’s oxygen chamber to gear up for the challenge of a lifetime.
Ade Cunliffe, 39, will be among a team of 13 scaling the Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for the Steve Prescott Foundation.
The squad is aiming to complete the journey in five days, and has been doing sessions at Saints’ Cowley training complex, where an oxygen chamber recreates the conditions of exercising at altitude.
Computer consultant Ade, who grew up at Hawes Avenue, Carr Mill, said: “We are hoping to do it in five days, which is not recommended.
You should normally do it in seven, eight or even nine, with acclimatisation days in between.
“You shouldn’t be climbing more than 500 metres a day, but we are doing 1,400 metres. We have been told our chance of success is nearly 30 per cent.
“Saints have given us the use of an oxygen chamber which the players use.
“You are on a bike for 60 to 90 minutes non-stop as fast as you can go. We have been doing that for two and a half months.”
Ade went to college with Steve Prescott, and says the former Saints full back’s battle against cancer is what is driving the team on.
He added: “We know what Steve is going through, and the past seven years of his life have been a challenge.
“I have been involved with the foundation since it was founded and I have done various challenges, including walking from Hull to Old Trafford for the Grand Final to deliver the match ball.”
The other team members are former Saints captain Paul Sculthorpe, Thatto Heath rugby league chairman Mike Denning, Bleak Hill Primary School head teacher Ian Wellens, the brother of Paul, Sarah Williams, Trevor Smith, Paul Roberts, Anthony Scully, Jimmy Rothwell, Alison Corkill, Karen Davison, Ruth Larsen, Ash Sandford.
The team jet out to Kilimanjaro on August 27.
To support the trek contact Ade on 07766 278 689 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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