Marching on together! Leeds United fan Martin is taking steps to tackle Mount Snowdon

Martin Hywood at Elland Road.
Martin Hywood at Elland Road.
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Fundraising Leeds United fan and muscular dystrophy sufferer Martin Hywood has given himself a real mountain to climb with his latest charity challenge.

Martin is aiming to conquer Mount Snowdon this summer, even though his condition means he cannot manage more than a few steps without feeling discomfort.

The 43-year-old dad-of-three estimates the gruelling walk up Snowdon will take him between eight and 10 hours.

But he will not be short of support during the 3,560ft climb, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 1.

Martin will be joined on the day by around 30 fellow fundraisers, including his wife Michelle, former Leeds United manager Simon Grayson and Kaiser Chiefs bassist Simon Rix.

And he is hoping that, by marching on together, they will collectively inspire others to achieve personal goals in the future.

Martin told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “This is absolutely the toughest challenge I could have set myself, both physically and psychologically.

“But climbing a mountain is something we all have on our bucket lists and to do it would be a great achievement, not just for me but for everyone else on the walk as well.

“I’m hoping we will encourage plenty of other people to get up, get out there and push themselves in a similar way.”

Proceeds from the climb will go to Muscular Dystrophy UK, formerly known as the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

Martin, who lives in Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire and has just been made an honorary member of the Leeds United Supporters’ Trust, raised thousands of pounds for research by the charity last year with a series of mile-long walks to more than a dozen of the country’s top sporting events and venues.

Destinations included London’s Oval cricket ground and Buckinghamshire’s Stoke Mandeville Stadium as well as the Elland Road home of his beloved Whites.

To keep up to date with Martin’s preparations for the Mount Snowdon climb, visit his blog at www.martinhywood.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/keep-on-moving.html.

And to donate to the fundraising, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/MusclesMatter1.

The event is being sponsored by outdoor clothing maker Berghaus.