David's record bid

PUBLISHED: 18:15 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:54 06 May 2010

A ST ALBANS resident is looking to hit his way into the record books when he takes part in a cricket match on Mount Everest. David Christie is one of 40 people, including umpires, groundsmen and journalists who will be trekking to the Gorak Shep Plateau

A ST ALBANS resident is looking to hit his way into the record books when he takes part in a cricket match on Mount Everest.

David Christie is one of 40 people, including umpires, groundsmen and journalists who will be trekking to the Gorak Shep Plateau near Base Camp on Mount Everest to take part in a Twenty20 style cricket match in aid of charity.

David, who is originally from Australia, is understandably excited about the forthcoming event. "It's all very exciting. It was completely over subscribed and I had to speak to several people, from the charity side, the cricketing side and the trekking side. I've got a little one on the way so I must thank my wife for being so understanding about me putting my backpack on.

"I think it ticks all the boxes. It's charitable, it has a uniqueness in that you can go to places and meet local communities. I think it's something that'll you'll never look back on and regret it."

The Gorak Shep Plateau is 5,165m above sea level making the match the highest ever field game. It is also over twice the height that FIFA allows professional footballers to play due to health risks.

The two teams taking part are named after the first people to conquer Everest, Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary with David lining up for the Tenzing side.

Each member of the party has been given a personal fitness plan in the lead up to the event and David says everybody is taking their fitness to the extreme as they face an eight day trek before they even play the game.

"Everyone's taking fitness to the extreme. I don't want anything bar altitude sickness stopping me getting up the hill.

"We'll be sticking to our fitness plans for the next 70 days until we step on that aeroplane. We've got ten days without showering and making camp and packing up each day before we play the game."

The trip aims to raise £250,000 for the Lords Taveners, The Himalayan Trust and Khumjung School but David admits with the current climate fundraising is becoming harder.

"It's getting a little harder but I think people can see it's got a uniqueness. We're doing a blog each day so everyone can track us and everyone's trying hard. We've got a comedy night coming up and a few more parties. We've got a pro-photographer coming along and we going to be doing a 240 page glossy book and we've got some ties that we'll be selling."

David bats and bowls but says he is not expecting to face too many fast balls on Everest.

"I bat and bowl a little bit. I'd imagine no one will be coming off the long run and it'll be more medium-pacers or gentle spin."

With this summer's Ashes series coming up, Aussie David is expecting plenty of banter from his fellow trekkers.

"I think being of the Australian persuasion there is going to be a lot of banter. There are two Aussies going and we're lucky we've got a very good mix of people from bankers and farmers to television actors. We're all coming from different Worlds and I think that adds to the interest."

David sets off for Nepal on April 9 and arrives back in London on April 28.

If you would like any more information on David's World Record attempt or to make a donation visit: www.CricketOnEverest.com or www.justgiving.com/davidchristieuk.


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