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The Old Man of Hoy

Sir Chris Bonnington climbs the Old Man of Hoy aged 80



Last year Sir Chris Bonington successfully repeated one of his most famous climbs, just weeks after turning 80. Alongside Leo Houlding he climbed the Old Man of Hoy on the Orkney Islands to raise awareness and funds for motor neurone disease (MND) charities in memory of his wife Wendy, who died of the condition in 2014.

The climb was the fruition of an idea that Leo himself came up with many years ago. The Old Man of Hoy has great sentimental value for both of our athletes, Chris was the first person to climb it in 1966 and Leo still retains the title of the youngest person to have ever climbed it, aged 11 (only 6 months after he started climbing).

This film shows unseen footage and reveals a personal account of the climb from both Sir Chris and Leo, telling the tale of what can be achieved through sheer determination and true spirit.