Bryan Robson set for sponsored African adventure

21st Jan 2013

Footballing legend Bryan Robson reached the top of his profession as a Manchester United and England player, and now he is set to scale the globe's highest peak.

This autumn, Robson will go on a week-long journey up Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro, and the Manchester United Foundation is appealing for further volunteers from the public.

The 10-day adventure, which begins in Manchester on October 18, involves travelling to Tanzania and Kenya for an unforgettable experience. As an extra bonus, you'll also be applauded on the pitch at Old Trafford after you get back.

Robson is aware scaling Kilimanjaro will be a mean feat, but he says he is excited about the trip.

He said: "I remember Ian Botham's great charity walks - he did John O'Groats to Land's End once - and I think this will be similarly tough.

"But if you're going to raise money for charity then it's got to be a real challenge and not something you can easily do."

He explained that trekking up the peak brings risks of acute mountain sickness and demands high physical stamina. However, he says he is committed to reaching the mountain's summit so he can help good causes.

One week out of the 10-day trip will take place on Kilimanjaro, trekking on the Rongai Route, a less well-known route which goes through five different natural areas.

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