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Loughborough graduate set to begin epic charity triathlon
International Business BSc graduate Alex Carter is in the final stages of preparing for his charity triathlon to raise money for Malaria No More UK. Scheduled to begin his challenge this Monday, 13th August, Alex won’t reach the finish straight until the 8th of September, by which time he will have swam 21 miles, run 340 miles and cycled 935 miles.
Alex contracted malaria whilst on a gap year in Ghana, Africa, after finishing his studies at the School of Business and Economics, and spent an entire week being treated in the city of Accra, unsure of his survival.
“I almost died,” he said. “The child next to me, whilst I was unconscious, did in fact die – not because it was too late to save his life, but because his family couldn’t afford the treatment. I want to ensure that this never happens again, and thus I am undertaking this massive challenge to raise as much money as I can for Malaria No More UK.”
Alex’s challenge is to swim the equivalent distance of the English Channel in Loughborough University’s Olympic Swimming Pool (21 miles over 2 days); cycle from John O’Groats to Land’s End (935 miles over 11 days); and run an ultra-marathon (30+miles a day) every day for 2 weeks, starting at Land’s End and ending at Loughborough (340 miles over 12 days).
Alex is being supported by his mother and by fellow School of Business and Economics student Margaux Marshall during the run. The swim he will do alone, whilst the cycle will be completed alongside another fellow student, Finbarr Beecher.
You can support Alex by donating to Malaria No More UK via his Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/victoryovermalaria