The football freestyler aiming to break his ninth world record – Mt Everest

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John Farnworth has already broken a number of world records thanks to his football skills, but he’s about to take on his most extreme challenge yet.

Football freestyler and CBBC Kickabout presenter Farnworth has already broken eight Guinness World Records, including completing the London marathon while doing kick ups throughout the duration of the course.

This month the 32-year-old is aiming to repeat the trick during a two-week trek to the Everest Base Camp, situated at an altitude of 5,380m, in a bid to raise £50,000 for Alzheimer’s Society – a charity close to his heart following the passing of his grandfather last year.

In his preparation for the challenge, Farnworth has climbed Snowdon while performing kick ups and has been training with 12kg weights to simulate carrying his equipment up Everest.

“I’m really excited to be taking on Everest as my next big challenge,” Farnworth says. “I’ve always enjoyed pushing myself to see just what I can achieve, and this will definitely be my most testing challenge to date.

“It’s definitely not going to be a walk in the park though, and I’m having to do lots of training at altitude to prepare myself for the extreme conditions.

“This challenge will be the most important by far for me, being for a great cause.

“Alzheimer’s is something that’s very close to my heart, with my grandad sadly passing away from vascular dementia last year.

“The Alzheimer’s Society is a truly wonderful charity that supports those dealing with the illness, as well as researching causes, cures and preventions for the condition, and I’m hoping that with my latest challenge, I can raise £50,000 to donate to the charity to help other families.

“If anyone can spare a few pounds or pennies, I’d be so grateful if you could donate over on my Just Giving page. I can’t wait to see how much we can raise together.”

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