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Former Team GB athlete’s marathon effort for charity
THIS was the scene as former Team GB athlete Rob Russell attempted to complete four marathons in four different events.
After a 3.30am start for a set of 1,400 reps with a 16kg kettlebell, the equivalent of a marathon, the 39-year-old, who is originally from Kirkbymoorside, ran from his home in Scarborough to Kirkbymoorside.
Rob said it was about the 18-mile mark when the strain of his extreme challenge really started to kick in. He said: “It was more mentally challenging than physically challenging. I never stopped, though, and the support I had throughout the day was great.”
Arriving at Kirkbymoorside Memorial Hall last Saturday, Rob treated himself to a brief ice bath before completing his rowing marathon and then cycling 26 miles back to Scarborough with his two friends.
Rob has so far raised about £2,400 for Marie Curie Cancer and Distress, a charity caring for abandoned and disabled children in Romania.
Despite the former Great Britain under 23 squad member for discus and shot telling his wife that this would be his last extreme challenge, shortly after completing the over 100 mile challenge he had already changed his mind.
He said: “I’m not sure what I could do to make it tougher except make it longer but I expect I will do something else in the future.”
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