A Paisley adventurer who has raised thousands for charity is preparing to take on Mount Kilimanjaro for the second time for a good cause.
Determined Stevie Kidd is hard at work completing his training to take on the almost 20,000ft mountain in June to help raise funds for Finding Your Feet.
The Glenburn dad is no stranger to the challenge, having already taken on the Tanzanian peak once before for the organisation – which was founded by Lochwinnoch amputee Corinne Hutton.
But that’s not all.
He has also scaled Mount Everest while taking part in the Everest Marathon, after having to pull out of the gruelling challenge in 2017 for health reasons.
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Stevie, who runs business coaching company Stevie Kidd Pathways, hopes to complete both the Everest and Kilimanjaro challenges ten times over the next decade.
He is also on his way to completing seven marathons in seven continents – a feat which had to be halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
He is keen to push himself to his limits all while raising thousands of pounds for a number of charities including veteran’s mental health charity Combat Stress, Make a Wish Foundation,
Over the years, he has taken on some of the toughest challenges, with his running shoes taking him to all corners of the globe including China for the Great Wall Marathon and Florida for a 5k, 10k, half-marathon and the full Disney Marathon – which he completed in four consecutive days.
He is now heading back to Africa on June 4 for the Kilimanjaro challenge alongside nine clients he is supporting through his Hillington-based business entrepreneurial programme.
Stevie said: “This will be the second time I have climbed Kilimanjaro.
“The first time I did it I was on my own but this time I am taking nine clients with me who I am working with through my business.
“I will be raising funds for Finding Your Feet who are our partner charity.
“We have done loads with Cor and the charity over the years, having raised money for the great cause when I first completed Kilimanjaro in 2016.
“All of the people I will be taking up there with me are also raising money for their own charities too.”
The 51-year-old has come a long way from when he signed up for his first marathon.
Having never ran before, Stevie said he decided to reinvent himself and take on something he had never attempted before.
This is the ethos the experienced businessman uses as a thrust for his two-year entrepreneur programme which pushes people to be the best versions of themselves.
Stevie added: “I was a non-runner.
“This is the whole idea behind Stevie Kidd Pathways.
“People can live in the reality of what they know, but it is when they go into the unknown that they can discover themselves.
“I didn’t know anything about running, about marathon training, about Mount Kilimanjaro.
“But I decided to do it and trained for 27 weeks to make sure I did.”
He is currently pushing himself to the limit and training round the clock for his latest venture.
In the coming years, Stevie has big plans for both his clients and himself as he is already scheduling a number of other running events all over the world.
He continued: “Next up is the Volcano Marathon in Chile, South America, then it will be the Antarctica Marathon and finally I will be signing up for one in Australia to complete the seven marathons in seven continents.
“Then I’m planning to go back and try and do them all again but within seven days.”
His efforts have been hailed by Corinne Hutton, founder of Finding Your Feet, who has worked with Stevie through Stevie Kidd Pathways for a number of years.
She said: “Stevie and his family have been tremendous supporters of me and Finding Your Feet from the beginning and raised huge amounts for us already but they also take a keen interest in our Troopers.
“Seeing where your hard raised cash is spent makes it so much more than a donation – you actually witness the difference you’re making.
“It’s always fun working with them too. Climbing Kilimanjaro more than once it’s just bonkers to me though.
“I wish him the best of luck.”
To donate to Stevie’s fundraiser, click here.
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