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Honeymoon pair April and Jamie snub beach for Kilimanjaro

By Claire Williamson

It's not your usual honeymoon. While many people, after the stressful preparation for their wedding, have their sights set on sandy beaches, romantic meals and relaxation, one couple plan to start life together with the ultimate challenge.

April Irvine (30) and Jamie Mark (32), who live in Limavady, are opting for the gruelling task of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro - Africa's highest mountain. It's also the tallest free-standing mountain on earth at 5,895 metres (19,341 feet) above sea level.

The couple, who have been together for two years, wanted to do something different and raise money for two charities that are close to their hearts.

All money raised will be going to Alzheimer's UK and Action Cancer, which have both supported some of their loved ones.

And that's where they got the idea to climb Africa's tallest peak, which they will attempt in June.

The pair like to keep fit, but this is the first time they have attempted anything as gruelling.

April told the Belfast Telegraph: "It's completely new. I would keep fit with running, cycling and swimming quite a lot. I just did a triathlon on Saturday there as well for fundraising."

April says when she tells people their plan for after they tie the knot on May 27, she gets the same response - "you're mental".

But they felt that relaxing by the pool just wasn't for them.

She said: "We just fancied a challenge. I don't really like sitting still and doing nothing. We just were discussing our options and had thought we would do the whole relax by the pool beach thing and it just didn't seem to be for us."

They are aiming to complete the climb in eight days which they hope will give them time to acclimatise and for the optimum chance of success.

And when they finish that, they still don't have their sights set on a relaxing beach - they are heading off on a two-day safari before returning home.

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