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Former England captain takes on Everest

28 September 2011

  • Former England captain to raise money for rugby charity
  • Sue Day ready for battle to Base Camp
Sue Day on the run

Photo: RFU Archive

Former England Women’s Captain Sue Day is embarking on a new type of challenge, far away from the rugby field, by climbing Mount Everest for rugby charity Wooden Spoon.

Day, who racked up 59 caps and competed in Rugby World Cups in both fifteens and sevens, has set herself the challenge of climbing to Mount Everest’s Base Camp to raise money for the charity which provides opportunities for disadvantaged children.

The 38 year-old, who has also been working with the RFUW’s Development Sevens squad, heads to the Himalayas later this month before embarking on the 16-day expedition. While she is there, she’ll inevitably have to combat altitude sickness.

“I have been involved with Wooden Spoon for a number of years and, as a charity that provides opportunities for disadvantaged kids, it is a charity very dear to my heart,” she said.

“For me, it is a fantastic opportunity to set myself a new and different challenge - one I have been missing ever since I retired from international rugby in 2009 - whilst, at the same time, raising money for a charity that I love.

“While I am just looking to climb to Base Camp, it is still 5,500m high and involves about 16 days of climbing. Training has involved mountain climbing and lots of steady state cardiovascular fitness work, which is completely the opposite of the sort of training I used to do as a rugby player. Probably the biggest challenge will be the potential altitude sickness, but there is little training we can do to prepare for that!”

To sponsor Day and raise money for Wooden Spoon visit : or text EVER72 £x (substituting the x for the amount you want to sponsor) to 70070.


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