Liam Walker takes on the ultimate duathlon to help cure cancer
A huge well done to Liam Walker in Accommodation and Commercial Services, who recently embarked on an epic journey from Gibraltar to the UK by foot and bike to raise money for cancer patients and their families.
On Friday 11 October 2019, Liam began The Ultimate Challenge Series with a nine-day duathlon consisting of a half marathon, a 100-mile cycle and a further half marathon. By only foot and bike, Liam traveled 1,250km on undulating terrain, totaling over 13,000 metres in elevation.
Liam said: “I omitted a run and cycle on day seven but completed my own run routes and the final stage in Sheffield. I cycled for six hours, 2,744m in cold, rainy and dark Sheffield, and ran a further 2.5km before I couldn’t hobble anymore due to my knee.”
The duathlon is just the start of a 12-month fundraising journey for Liam, who was motivated to take on the challenge in honour of his grandad Brian who recently passed away from terminal cancer.
Liam said: “It is a story with no real happy ending, which is all too common. I therefore, feel compelled to do something to help fellow families and people through this horrible, evil disease.”
Liam is hoping to raise £5,000 for a number of charities including Barrow Oncology Unit and also has a number of further fundraising events planned in the new year, including Ironman UK, the London Marathon, The Fred Whitton (a 180km bike ride over every major pass in Cumbria, 3900m elevation), the annual Keswick to Barrow (40 miles with a planned twist on the distance!), multiple Parkrun fundraisers, a 24-hour endurance team run and one special final event.
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