The Mount Kilimanjaro Trek is just 10 weeks away now. Events Fundraising Manager Kate will be joined by 24 others from around the UK to take on Kili and raise money for Thames Valley Air Ambulance. Kate tells us how things are going in her own words...

As the challenge draws closer I can feel the excitement and anticipation grow within the group.

Only 72 days and counting! Eeek!

Fundraising wise we are going well and around the target amount. The Kili gang have dressed up in silly costumes, bucket collected in various locations in the three counties, organised bingo evenings, manned tea stands, baked ridiculous amounts of cakes, sold countless raffle tickets and they still have lots planned in before February.

Our training regimes have also ramped up now. We have been climbing mountains like Snowdon and Pen Y Fan in Wales and going to the gym to improve out fitness and core strength. Lots of the group got together recently with Janine Lewis from 3jfitness for a three our Nordic walking session around Arthur Newbury Park. Janine had pre-warned me that she would works us hard:

I am a ninja style instructor and you won't thank me the day after. This not for the faint hearted and a perfect kick start for the commitment shy trekker.

After listening to Janine’s promise I think we were all very worried about what was in store, but the session was really fun and it was a great opportunity to socialise and get to know our other team members.

By then end of the three hours we considered ourselves proficient enough to strut around the park and then split up into groups to race each other. The competitive side really came out as my team fought for first place (and lost), but hey it’s the taking part that counts! My legs were aching the next day and I think it was a perfect training exercise to prepare us for Kilimanjaro along with some really useful tips on how best to use our trekking poles.

Over the next couple of months we will all be checking our kit to make sure we have the right equipment, we will be training every other day so our body will be used to the strain of constant exercise climbing up hill and hopefully we can manage to socialise and enjoy Christmas!