Kettering business pals trek through jungle on extreme fundraising trip

Russell Golding, owner of Recognition Express in Kettering, has completed a trek through the Sumatran jungle

Russell Golding, owner of Recognition Express in Kettering, has completed a trek through the Sumatran jungle

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Two businessmen have successfully battled harsh terrain and 90 degree heat as part of their lastest extreme endurance challenge.

Every two years Russell Golding and his Recognition Express colleague Nigel Toplis undertake a feat in aid of the charity Well Child.

Russell Golding, owner of Recognition Express in Kettering, has completed a trek through the Sumatran jungle

Russell Golding, owner of Recognition Express in Kettering, has completed a trek through the Sumatran jungle

So far they have raised over £50,000 and hope the latest trek through the Sumatran jungle will boost that total by a further £10,000.

Russell,owner of Recognition Express in Kettering with colleague Nigel, whose previous challenges have included climbing Kilimanjaro and trekking across the Sahara, said their ten day journey in Sumatra was one of the most exciting.

Forty-seven-year-old Russell said: “The trip was very extreme. We were cutting our way through the jungle with machetes and abseiling down mountains. “One day we trekked all day but only covered two miles because the terrain was so challenging. We camped out on the jungle floor under tarpaulins and once a monsoon rainstorm was so severe our guides told us to sleep in our boots and be prepared to move camp quickly if the river broke its banks.

He added: “The highlight for me was the wildlife. It was amazing to be just feet away from orangutans and being able to watch them in their natural habitat. We’ve all seen them in zoos and on television documentaries but it’s so different seeing them so close. It was such a privilege.”