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Rob Russell to tackle four marathons challenge
A FORMER Team GB athlete is preparing to take on a challenge his friends and family believed could kill him.
Rob Russell, 39, who is originally from Kirkbymoorside, but now lives in Scarborough, will push his body to the limit in an extreme test of his mental and physical capabilities as he attempts to complete four marathons.
The Mad 4 Marathon challenge involves a one-hour kettlebell snatch where Rob will lift a 16kg kettlebell for one set of 1,400 non-stop reps, the equivalent of a marathon, a rowing marathon, 26 miles on a bike and the normal marathon on foot.
Rob said: “Most people thought I was going to die to start with but they have gradually seen me get fitter and now I am excited and looking forward to setting off.”
Rob will take on the extreme challenge on Saturday, in aid of Children In Distress, a charity caring for disabled and abandoned children in Romania, and Marie Curie Cancer. He is hoping to raise £2,000 to split between the two.
The former member of the Great Britain under 23 squad for discus and shot will begin his challenge with his marathon kettlebell snatch in Scarborough, before attempting to run from Scarborough to Kirkbymoorside Memorial Hall where he will row 26 miles before cycling back to Scarborough to hopefully complete his challenge in less than 14 hours.
He said: “I have loved my training, it is good for your mind as well. I know it’s going to be quite tiring and stressful but I am looking forward to giving it my all and having a go.”
Rob will be joined by his two friends Craig Hoyle and Simon Mountain for various parts of the challenge.
When Rob reaches Kirkbymoorside Memorial Hall there will be a coffee morning with tea, cakes and a tombola from 10am while Rob is rowing marathon distance. To sponsor Rob visit www.justgiving.com/The-Mad-4-Marathon-Challenge
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