Sarah Talbot from our Learning and Development team, is one of 24 people taking on Kilimanjaro in October for Greene King’s Miles for Macmillan challenge. With the climb just days away, Sarah tells us why she signed up and how her preparation has gone…

I never thought I’d do anything as adventurous as climb Mount Kilimanjaro but when I saw Greene King was giving us the opportunity to do it in aid of Macmillan it got me thinking. I never thought I could be brave enough, but my friends and family really supported me in signing up, and now I’ve even done a skydive as part of my fundraising!

Cancer affects all of us, whether directly or indirectly, and I’ve seen people I care about lose loved ones and there’s nothing you can do to help but this is something tangible I can do to support Macmillan’s work.

For me, it’s all about the challenge. I am driven by goals and I need something to work towards. I’ve never been into running just for the sake of it, but going for a run to build up fitness to climb a mountain is something I can do! It will be a tough challenge but I’ve spent a year getting ready. I’ve been running a lot more and hiking every weekend - I am now very familiar with the Malvern Hills! I’ve been walking with weighted bags to get myself used to it, in fact I’ve been making the bags heavier than they need to be so hopefully the actual trek will feel easier!

I’m looking forward to the amazing views, seeing the night sky with no light pollution, and getting to experience all four seasons from bottom to top and back down again. I can’t wait to meet the rest of the team in person, we’ve been communicating by email now for so long! Most of all I’m really looking forward to that sense of achievement, no matter how far I get.

Macmillan have been fantastic, emailing regularly with hints and tips about kit lists and training schedules. I’ve taken part in a webinar with Discover Adventure and Macmillan which gave us all more of an insight into what to expect when we get there.

It’s exciting and terrifying at the same time. There are just a few last preparations now, all the kit is bought – I just need to pack it now and my visa has arrived. There really is no going back now! I am now just trying to read as much as I can about what the trek will be like, so I have an idea which will be the hard days and which will be easy.

Overall I am so pleased that I’ve been able to raise some decent money for Macmillan and I can’t wait to get started!

Sarah did a skydive to raise money for her Kilimanjaro climb