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By Andrew Fitchett
Friday, January 24, 2014
A retired four-time Ironman World Champion and World Record Holder is putting her body on the line once more in an epic charity challenge.
Chrissie Wellington, who grew up in Feltwell, will be part of a four man team that is aiming to complete the Three Peaks Challenge, with an added twist.
Instead of simply running up and down Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, Ms Wellington and her team will be cycling the combined 450 miles between the three - and all in 48 hours.
Ms Wellington will be joined on the gruelling effort, called the 4321 Challenge, by fellow Bristol-based participants, Alex Prince, Marcus Mumford and Matt Edwards.
She said the 4321 was a daunting task: “I’ve got a few ironman titles under my belt but nothing compares to my fear of undertaking this challenge. I usually get to stop at around 9hours – this time I have to keep going for 48.
“It’s going to be one of the hardest things I have ever done, but hopefully the most gratifying and definitely the most fun. It’s a fantastic opportunity to raise money for two hugely worthwhile causes whilst also ticking my masochistic box.”
Matt Edwards added: “I think I speak for the team when I say this is going to be the daftest thing any of us have done. It’s going to hurt, it’s going to be a rollercoaster, it’s going to be amazing. Help us convert this insanity into support for our charities.”
The 4321 is a self-organised fundraising event, with the team raising funds for charity when they set off on May 2.
Two causes will benefit from the challenge - Rainbow Trust, who support the families of terminally ill children in the UK, and Jole Rider, who deliver bikes to Africa so children can get to school.