I promote Alan because of his unique, outstanding achievements in the field of climbing, great charitable involvement and overall an inspiration to all ages. Alan, awarded the OBE in 2006, is the first Briton to climb all the world's highest mountains. The 14 x 8000m peaks which are in the 'death zone'. Achieved by pushing beyond one's limit 14 times. Honorary Citizen of his home town, Northallerton. Yorkshireman of the Year 2005. The President's Award for Outstanding Voluntary Contribution to Water Aid. Charitable work with Water Aid, Diabetes and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Involved in Duke of Edinburgh's Award and Mountain Rescue. Works closely with the British Mountaineering Council. . Received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Royal Institute of Navigation. 2010, to raise money for Mountain Rescue, he climbed 39 County Peaks in 8 days. 2011, as well as leading two of the 3 Peaks Challenge, aims to raise £1million for the Alzheimer's Society. Raised £7,500 for Walking with the Wounded. His example and tenacity challenges youngsters to strive for their potential. He motivates through example, instigates purposeful imagination, and uses his energy to give back to society through charity work. Undoubtedly a Great British Climber and an exceptional Sportsman. Alan's unique record alone more than warrants him being a Torchbearer as a representative of achievement through effort, surely what the Olympics - and life - is all about.