A seven-strong ladies' team, Toby's Team consists of Bebe Corbett, Emily Bray, Philippa McNeil, Sarah O'Gorman, Tiggy Corben, and Tanya Richie, Toby's mum.
Tanya said, “I'm probably nearly the fittest I've ever been, and we're going to have to go a lot, lot further than that! We're currently training three sessions, an hour and a half a week, and I know we're going to have to double that over the next two to three months."
When asked why they were taking part in the challenge, Tanya said, “We are all very close to the cause.
“It would be great to find a cure or find some less toxic treatments, that's what's driving me on and the reason I'm having a go at Everest in the Alps."
Thomas Flichy, Harry Koppel, Mark Lewellen and Alison Dolan have come together to form the Everest in The Alps: the second ascent's Barclays Bank team.
They are a competitive team, aiming to raise awareness and vital funds for The Brain Tumour Charity, as well as their fitness levels.
Thomas said, “The first time we heard about the challenge was a few years ago when Toby's Dad, Rob, did it the first time. It sounded exciting, so when he decided to do a second edition, we took the occasion and decided to come along."
Harry said, “Being away from the kids for so long will be a challenge. I have two children under two, and my wife's on another team; they'll feel our absence as much as we're feeling theirs. But I think The Charity is extremely worthwhile, we have multiple reasons for doing this."
“Our motto is, never rest in the alps."
Goldman Sachs Gives UK Team
Halla Koppel, Ollie Sedgwick, Richard Revell and Andy Forrester are the Goldman Sachs' Everest in The Alps: the second ascent team. Halla is no stranger to challenges such as this, having climbed four of the seven summits already, but this event will be a special challenge for her – because it's all in aid of The Brain Tumour Charity.
Ollie said, “We're doing this to raise awareness. But it does bring out the number of people who have a similar issue. Certainly, during the first challenge, the team were touched by three or four people who had someone in the family or a friend of a friend going through a similar situation, so it brings out more people than you otherwise would have known."
Halla said, “It brings people together."
When asked what they were most looking forward to with the challenge they responded, “The last two miles!"
Smith and Williamson's Team
Jeremy Hunter, Richard Billington, Phil Spencer, Ben Latrueille, Jeremy Mobbs, Nicholas Hall, and his brother Richard Hall, make up the Smith and Williamson Everest in The Alps: the second ascent team. They describe themselves as a 'mixed-bag of mid-40s, looking forward to a challenge'.
Nicholas, said, “I don't know any of the other teams yet, but I imagine we're 'third division'. I think we have a long way to go – a lot of uphill."
Toby's Godfather, Jeremy Hunter, is no stranger to this challenge, having completed the original climb back in 2015. Now he's back to do it all again. When asked why he was taking part in Everest in The Alps: the second ascent, Jeremy said, “It's great to support the Richie's and The Brain Tumour Charity. We had a very enjoyable first trip three years ago, so for the three year anniversary I'm hoping to be ready to go again."
BMS Group's Team
The BMS team is made up by Clare Stenson, Nick Trowbridge, Brian Gomes, Hugo Seccombe, and Chris Ritchie.
Team USA is made up of Jeff Robertson and Rob Ritchie, Toby's dad.