Everest Challenge


Photo: The record-breaking team with Everest North Face towering in the background. Parent Paul Jordan is pictured on the back row 6th from the right.


Parent flies the flag for RHS breaking two world records on Everest

After flying the school flag at the North Pole in 2015, parent Paul Jordan has now carried it to the East Rongbuk Glacier above Advanced Base Camp on Mount Everest (6,331m) as part of a team that successfully broke two Guinness World Records.

The unique expedition raised money for Wooden Spoon, a charity that aims to positively transform the lives of children and young people with a disability or facing disadvantage across the UK and Ireland through the power of rugby. The "Everest Rugby Challenge" set two world records for playing a rugby match at the highest altitude in both a contact and touch rugby format. Former Wales winger Shane Williams captained one side with former England Sevens player Ollie Phillips heading up the opposition. The 14-minute seven-a-side match ended with a 5-5 scoreline and the charity is set to raise more than £250,000 in funds as a result of the endeavour. Williams said the "inhospitable conditions" had ensured the game was "incredibly tough" and "if you ran during the match it took 10 minutes to recover."

The group had to battle altitude sickness with symptoms that included severe headaches, lack of sleep and loss of appetite, spending two weeks acclimatising by slowly advancing up the mountain. After the records were set one member of the team had to spend some time recovering in hospital in Nepal and eight others including Paul were required to be medevac'd near to the end of the descent, their ailments and injuries testament to the gruelling task.

Paul who is vice-president of the charity commented, "I am proud to be partly representing Royal Hospital School on these unique and very British expeditions. I am fully aware of the great heritage that comes with the school. I partly do these things to raise money for kids to have a better life and to prove to others that having a stroke doesn't have to stop you still achieving."

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