Team to peak on Kilimanjaro for International Women’s Day

A TEN-strong team will are marking International Women’s Day next week by bidding to conquer Africa’s highest peak.

The all-female group jetted out to Tanzania at the weekend and this week began their ascent of Mr Kilimanjaro.

They plan to be back in the UK just in time for the annual celebration of women next Thursday.

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Among them is Jo Robinson, from Herringthorpe, who said she and her colleagues with Leeds-based Cox Automotive were determined to stretch themselves.

And the climb to almost 6,000m (19,336 ft) above sea level should ensure that, as the team will face temperatures ranging from 20 degrees during the day to a possible -20 deg C at night.

Jo said: “I usually only take on challenges that I know I will be good at, but this time I really wanted to do something that would push my boundaries, physically and mentally.

“Just because you aren't 100 per centcertain you can do something at the highest level shouldn’t stop you from trying it.

“In fact, it should drive you to achieve it.”

Sponsorship money from the climb will go to children’s charity Wooden Spoon, with £15,000 already pledged.