A five-year-old boy has another world record in sight as he seeks to reach the top of Britain’s tallest mountain.
Albie Thomas, who is an amputee, and his father Dan are preparing to take Ben Nevis to the Scottish Highlands in February.
They will start from their home in Holywell to tackle the summit, fresh from their conquest of Snowdon.
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Albie and his personal trainer dad made national headlines and even appeared on daytime TV after completing their Snowdon hike in November 2021.
They battled the winds and snow brought on by Storm Arwen and Albie became the youngest amputee to scale the Welsh mountain. Now they hope to break another record.
Papa Dan told North Wales Live that Albie kept “training like crazy” as Snowdon was “just the beginning” for him.
He said: “He’s been buzzing since we came down from Snowdon. He loved seeing his name on TV and in the news for what he’s achieved. Now he’s really looking forward to Ben Nevis.”
Besides swimming and going to the gym with dad, Albie is “your typical little boy,” Dan says.
“He’s still running, but he’ll also get proper training. I catch him doing workouts on TV and doing exercises in the garden.”
Ben Nevis in Scotland, Britain’s highest mountain, has a peak that rises to just over 4,410 feet above sea level.
Dan added: “The height really doesn’t deter Albie, he’s ready and eager to go. It will be the weather that will play a part in how difficult it will be. It will be cold but we won’t know anything about getting him a proper rest until what time is approaching.
“He will never let his disability stop him from achieving what he wants.”
The primary pupil at St Winefride, now five, was born with fibular hemimelia, a condition which prevented one of his legs and foot from developing properly.
He saw that he needed that part of his left leg amputated at just over a year old.
However, that never stopped him from thriving and being the active little boy that Dan and his partner Rachel love with all their hearts.
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Dan has contacted the Guinness World Records team to officially observe the challenge which they plan to do on February 22.
Like their Snowdon challenge, this trek will also raise money for charity – money for AMP Camp Tenerife.
AMP Camp, who contacted the Thomas family after hearing about Albie’s incredible story, is a health, fitness and wellness program integrated into a 5-star vacation experience.
To donate, if you can, head over to their virtual fundraising page.
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