Book signing for Dr Alistair

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A LOCAL doctor and mountaineer who almost died from a brain haemorrhage was in Scarborough to sign copies of his latest book.

Dr Alistair Sutcliffe, who appeared at Waterstone’s in Westborough, is donating the royalties from the book, The Hardest Climb, to St Catherine’s Hospice.

He became the first man to summit the highest mountain on each of the seven continents at his first attempt and his adventures have seen him held at gunpoint, as well as watching other climbers fall to their deaths.

But in February last year he almost died from a brain haemorrhage and was left fighting for his life.

Dr Sutcliffe, who is a partner at Whitby Group Practice, survived and during his remarkable recovery penned The Hardest Climb, which was snapped up by York-based publishers Bluemoose and has already been nominated for two prestigious awards.

This year the determined GP ran the London Marathon – his 50th marathon.