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London Marathon marks the start of Plymouth’s ‘mega reverse triathlon’

Vaseline 4 weeks ago

A Plymouth man is running the London Marathon today, marking the start of his ‘mega reverse triathlon’ adventure. Paul Soley is raising money for Plymouth Samaritans by completing three epic events over the next five months.

The 53-year-old, who has run the London Marathon four times before, has even completed three Ironman triathlons, but says this training has been “the wettest ever”.

Paul’s reverse triathlon will span 3 stages, starting with the London Marathon and then moving on to the grueling ‘L’Etape du Tour’ on July 27, where Paul will compete among 15,000 other amateur cyclists on the 20th stage between Nice and Col de Couillole . His final leg takes place in September, when he swims the River Dart 10 kilometers.

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Paul, who has run in Paris, Dublin and New York, says he has tried to follow a plan that allows him to run and cycle three times a week and swim in the sea twice.

He said: “It’s definitely the wettest training plan I’ve ever done and I’m doing my very best to raise awareness of the great work the Samaritans do.”

Samaritans is a charity dedicated to reducing feelings of isolation and disconnection that can lead to suicide, and relies on donations to remain operational.

Figures from the Office of National Statistics show that an average of 24 people die by suicide each year in Plymouth alone, with 70% of these deaths unknown to the mental health system in the year before their death. This makes fundraisers like Paul’s all the more important.