Runner reaches the roof of Africa

Claire Bruce at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Claire Bruce at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

A MORPETH Harrier has completed the main part of her charity challenge.

Claire Bruce successfully climbed up Africa’s highest mountain to raise money for St Oswald’s Hospice.

After days of trekking, she reached the Uhuru peak summit of Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania at an altitude of 5895 metres.

During the trek, the Espley resident and her companions had to deal with contrasting weather conditions – which ranged from warm and dry to a bitterly cold minus 25 degrees.

Mrs Bruce said: “The trek was an amazing experience and it was a fantastic feeling when we reached the summit.

“I have made friends for life among the close-knit group I was with and I have been delighted with the response from family, friends, colleagues and members of the public throughout the challenge.”

Every member of the 30 strong group had to raise £4,500 to take part and to help with the collection of funds, she did an ultra-running event last year.

The Wall was a two-day running challenge that covered 69 miles along Hadrian’s Wall between Carlisle and Newcastle. She was 44th overall out of over 250 entrants, finishing as fourth female, in a time of 13 hours and 45 minutes.

Mrs Bruce teaches at Whitley Memorial First School in Bedlington and staff and pupils helped her total by putting on a mini-Olympics.

Further support came from nearby Meadowdale Academy, a middle school, Chantry Middle School and Technology College in Morpeth, shoppers at the town’s Marks & Spencer store, La Bodega Tapas Bar and the Morpeth Harriers among others.

She is still collecting and people can make a donation at clairebrucekili