Ely man with an eye for a challenge takes on Africa’s highest peak

PUBLISHED: 20:46 12 October 2013 | UPDATED: 20:46 12 October 2013

John Thorogood, 55, and Charles Webb, 56,

John Thorogood, 55, and Charles Webb, 56,


A solicitor from Ely has successfully climbed to the top of Africa.

John Thorogood, 55, decided that he wanted a bit of adventure in his life, so decided to climb Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, with his friend Charles Webb, 56,

Mr Thorogood, who works at Ward Gethin Archer in Ely, said: “We were getting to that silly age when you feel like you need a challenge now and again.”

It took the pair eight days to complete the climb, reaching the summit at 8am on Thursday, October 3.

Having previously climbed to the Base Camp of Mount Everest, 5,364m, a few hundred more metres to the top of Kilimanjaro, 5,985m might not have seemed too much of a test for the pair.

However, Mr Thorogood said the climb “proved to be extremely hard”, saying that he felt that it might be the last challenge of the kind he attempts.

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