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One of the world’s top explorers is taking on five marathons, then five mountains… in Mongolia and Guatemala

Steve Hill MBE, who has conquered many heroic challenges, is set for one more: five marathons, then climbing five mountains across Mongolia and Guatemala.
Steve Hill MBE

Steve will be running five marathons through Mongolia, then climbing five mountains in Guatemala, including the highest mountain in Central America.

Steve Hill, a primary school teacher from Oldham, is widely recognised for his tremendous physical and mental endurance, having completed numerous extreme challenges over the past 15 years.

He takes on immense challenges each year, raising to date over £200,000 for good causes as he pushes the boundaries to help inspire others.

He has even written a book, ‘What’s Next Sir?’ in a bid to inspire the children he teaches.

Steve Hill MBE’s charity challenge

Steve Hill MBE

This year, he is all set to embark on yet another awe-inspiring mission that combines two gruelling tests of stamina in two vastly different corners of the world.

“On the 26th of July, I fly out to Mongolia to participate in the Mongolian Trail Race,” Steve explains.

“It’s five marathons in five days, running through Mongolia, which incorporates the Gobi Desert. This will be the furthest distance I’ve ever run through a desert.”

The Mongolian Trail Race

As if that weren’t enough, upon completing the Mongolian Trail Race, Hill will immediately head to Guatemala.

“I’ve got a day at home for a quick turnaround and then fly off to Guatemala to climb the five highest mountains in Central America,” he shared.

“They call it the Ring of Fire. This challenge will see me integrating the high mountains with marathon-like endurance.”

World Explorers Collective’s Top Explorer List

Steve Hill MBE

Hill’s dedication and extraordinary accomplishments haven’t gone unnoticed.

He has been selected onto the World Explorers Collective’s Top Explorer List as one of the 10 most inspiring explorers of 2024.

The Top Explorer List honours inspiring and accomplished explorers, adventurers, and athletes.

They come from a variety of disciplines and have excelled through inspiring expeditions, incredible records and powerful personal achievements by pursuing their dreams.

He told us what that meant to him.

“In February, I was contacted by an organisation that had heard about my challenges.

“By March, I was invited onto their podcast, and just recently, I received an email confirming my inclusion in their list of the top 10 most inspiring explorers in the world,” Hill recounts, still in awe.

“I’m a primary school teacher from Oldham, and to be recognised like this is just surreal.”

Inspiring his students, again

Steve Hill MBE

Beyond the physical ordeal, Hill’s primary aim for these challenges is to inspire others—particularly his students.

“It’s all about pushing boundaries, coming out of that comfort zone, and experiencing the magic,” he explains.

“I want to show that you can achieve anything you set your mind to.

“I flip my head into challenge mode, and whatever gets thrown at me, I deal with it.”

Equally important is the philanthropic impact of his efforts. Hill raises funds for the Steve Hill Charitable Trust, an organisation he established.

“We support schools and clinics in Uganda, as well as families and individuals in the Greater Manchester area who need medical equipment and other kinds of support,” he notes. “Every penny raised goes to good causes. The challenges themselves are always self-funded.”

Hill’s efforts have a dual purpose: they serve to inspire the children he teaches and to give back to the community.

“The children I teach wear the Team Hill hoodies and participate in fundraising events.

It’s magical to see them so involved and realising that they can make a difference,” Hill says proudly. ”

The seed of adventure is planted among these young children, and if I can inspire them to believe in themselves, then I feel my mission is accomplished.”

“I’m already set for these challenges,” Hill concludes. “I’m excited, a little apprehensive, but most importantly, ready to push my boundaries even further. Whether running in the Gobi Desert or climbing the highest mountains in Guatemala, the goal remains the same—to inspire and make a tangible difference in the world.”

Steve Hill’s journey continues to serve as a compelling reminder that the limits we set are often within our minds.

His steadfast belief in pushing those boundaries serves as an inspiration not just to his students but to everyone following his incredible journey.

Steve Hill was the winner of I Love Manchester’s “Most Loved Community Leader” at our inaugural awards held at Diecast on Ducie Street last year.

Nominations are now open for this year’s awards. You can do that by clicking here

You can donate to the Steve Hill Charitable foundation by clicking here

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