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Branston marathon man gets out of his comfort zone

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 17, 2014

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HE'S known as the marathon man, but Paul Waters will be getting into the saddle for his next challenge.

Thrill-seeker Mr Waters, from Branston, has signed up for his latest quest which will see him cycle the whole length of Britain, from Land's End to John O'Groats.

The 41-year-old has been a regular fund-raiser for the Wales Air Ambulance, having been indebted to them after surviving a motor racing accident six years ago.

This time, however, he has chosen to support The Brain Tumour Charity.

He said: "I got talking to someone at the gym who was doing a bike ride so I thought I would have a go.

"I've supported the air ambulance a few times but a relative passed away after suffering with a brain tumour. He was only in his 40s. It's a good cause so I thought I would go for that."

So does Mr Waters think he is in for an easier ride in the saddle than on foot?

He said: "I've done several hundred-mile bike rides but it's doing it nine days on the trot that will be a test. I'll just have to get my head down and keep going."

The gruelling 969-mile journey begins on September 6 and Mr Waters is confident he has put enough hours of preparation in.

He said: "I've done 1,400 miles on the bike over the past three or four months so I'm hopeful I'll be ok."

To support Paul visit www.justgiving.com/Paul-Waters969/

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