Lecturer attempts world first triathlon for charity

"As far as I'm aware, I'll be the first person in the world to have done this! It's a daunting prospect but I've got a great team around me."

Steve Bateman, Senior Lecturer, Sports Therapy

A Staffordshire University lecturer is hoping to become the first person to have rowed, cycled and run from London to Paris.

This month Steve Bateman, Senior Lecturer in Sports Therapy, will take on the journey from London's Tower Bridge to the Eiffel Tower in Paris for the third time in aid of Staffordshire charity the Donna Louise Children's Hospice.

The 43-year-old from Oakamoor first took on the Tower to Tower challenge last year, rowing the Channel with a crew of celebrities and members of the community before repeating the journey by bike alongside two students in June.

"It was a fantastic opportunity to be part of the rowing team, I really enjoyed the challenge. I was looking for something else to push myself and thought why not do it again and raise even more money for the hospice." he explained.

To complete the triple Steve will run 10 marathons in 10 days, leaving Trafalgar Square on August 17. He will be joined by students Kimberley Phillis and Louise Wilkes plus a team of sports therapists from the University to help with any aches or sprains along the way.

"As far as I'm aware, I'll be the first person in the world to have done this! It's a daunting prospect but I've got a great team around me."

"It's going to be tough. Two of us have already run a marathon but to get up the next day and repeat it again and again will be hard."

The team has been training for months and undergoing fitness tests in the University's specialist labs to track their progress.

Kimberley, studying BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy, said: "It's going to be hard work but it will be a massive achievement to finish it. It's been great to have the support of the department. It's quite handy having a circle of sports experts to help out!"

Steve added: "The Donna Louise Hospice is a fantastic charity. It relies solely on donations and costs more than £3m a year just to run so anything that you can donate will be really appreciated."

The runners have already raised more than £2500 and you can make a donation on the London to Paris fundraising page.

Follow their progress on Twitter @L2P_Challenge and at www.l2pchallenge.weebly.com

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