Spencer Matthews shares hopes to be like ‘incredible’ late brother Matthew

Spencer Matthews has revealed he tries his best to emulate the qualities of his late brother Michael, who tragically passed away at age 22 while descending Mount Everest in 1999.

Michael Matthews had become the youngest Brit to reach the top of the highest peak in the world before the heartbreaking incident.

And just last week, Spencer completed the gruelling six-day Marathon Des Sables across Morocco's Sahara Desert in a bid to raise money for the charity founded in memory of his late brother, The Michael Matthews Foundation.

Speaking about the impressive feat to Good Morning Britain's Ranvir Singh on Wednesday, the 33 year old admitted: "I spend a fair amount of time hoping to be like him [Michael]."

When asked about the 251 km race itself, which he ran alongside his business partner David Folkman, Spencer admitted it was an "amazing experience" and "pretty eye-opening".

Spencer also spoke about the race raising money for The Michael Matthews Foundation.

"We put 4,000 children through education in Africa who would be unlikely to receive one without the foundation," Spencer said, adding: "It's completely non-profit."

Spencer revealed that his other brother James Matthews, who is married to Pippa Middleton, ran the race a few years earlier.

"I've always been interested in friendly competition with family," he said.

The former reality star explained that he decided to go ahead with the race because he was always "interested in setting myself difficult and tricky goals".

Ahead of the race, Spencer took to Instagram to pen: "We are raising funds for @michaelmatthewsfoundation – the charity founded in memory of my late brother who died whilst descending Mount Everest in 1999.

"At the time, he was the youngest Brit to have reached the summit at just 22 years old.

"My brother was an incredible force of nature, and I now feel like I'm in the best place to do this challenge justice; whilst supporting an incredible charity that builds schools and provides safe accommodation for girls in remote parts of Africa and Asia."

Michael had been an accomplished climber, having scaled mountains such as Aconcagua, Kilimanjaro and the Swiss Alps.

He spent £22,000 to use the assistance of a climbing company to scale Everest.

The rest of the climbing pack claimed that his passing was a result of him being separated from the group due to a vicious storm with 100mph winds.

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