Scottish Cyclist smashes Everesting Challenge in support of Street League

Youth employment charity Street League will receive over £1600 thanks to Robert Ellis’ fundraising challenge.

Scottish cycling enthusiast Robert Ellis successfully tackled the Everesting challenge on September 25th in Pitlochry. Everesting is an ultra-endurance challenge. You pick any hill, anywhere in the world and complete repeat ascents of it in a single activity until you climb 8,848m – the equivalent height of Mount Everest, the Earth's highest mountain above sea-level.

Robert chose to fundraise for UK charity Street League as part of his challenge. Street League uses the power of sport to change the lives of young people across the UK. Young people taking part in Street League receive daily sports and fitness sessions as well as group and 1-1 employability support to help them get into employment, education or training.

Over 19,000 people have completed the Everesting challenge around the world, including professional athletes. The record for the fastest time currently sits with Irish cyclist Ronan McLaughlin, who completed the challenge in 6 hours and 40 minutes, although the average time is more in line with Robert’s 23 hours and 46 minutes.

Robyn McAllister, Head of Major Giving at Street League, said: “When Rob first got in touch with us and told us about his plans, we’d never even heard of Everesting before and it seemed like an impossible challenge. Now we’ve all lived and breathed this challenge with him and we couldn’t be prouder that he’s made his dreams a reality. Rob’s story of determination and overcoming adversity is so inspiring, not least to the young people we support to pursue their own dreams. We are so grateful to Rob for choosing to raise money for Street League.”

Reaching great heights and far distances, we're lucky to have incredible #TeamStreetLeague supporters.

“In our ever-changing world and with a global pandemic to complicate things, it is increasingly difficult for young people to find employment. I have been given so many amazing opportunities in life to take part in sports and outdoor activities. Not only have they brought so much joy into my life and given me great memories, but I have grown and developed as an individual because of them. It breaks my heart that not everyone has these opportunities purely based on the start they were given in life.”

Robert Ellis

Street League supporter

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