Two Swansea University alumni and Welsh international Australian Rules Football players are undertaking an epic 235-mile run across the UK to raise money for charity after their friend suffered a major health scare.
Joe Street (pictured left), who graduated with a Sports Science degree in 2010 said: “In 2013, a close friend of mine, former Swansea University Triathlon vice-captain and semi-professional cyclist Tim Butt, suffered a near-fatal cardiac arrest.
“Since then our friendship group (most of whom went to Swansea University), including Tim, have started doing assorted fundraising events for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), the next of which, will be a 14 day 212 mile run from the Liberty Stadium, all the way to London, culminating in the completion of the 2015 London Marathon.
Joe Street and Evan Phillips (pictured right, above) who graduated with a Civil Engineering from Swansea in 2011, will set off from the Liberty Stadium during Swansea City's Premier League fixture against Everton on 11 April, and plan to run to London in time to then complete the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon on April 26, two weeks later.
The challenge will see the pair run an average of 15 miles each day and navigate assorted sporting landmarks such as the Millennium Stadium, Chepstow Racecourse, Bath Recreation Ground and Twickenham.
Backed by the charity, and with funding from Swansea Tennis Centre, Joe and Evan are also making a short YouTube documentary which will follow their trip, while also telling the story of why they have chosen to run for CRY, and how the charity can help to prevent sudden cardiac death in young people through free heart screening events.
Follow the pair on Twitter @SwanseaToLondon
- Thursday 26 March 2015 12.13 GMT
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- Mari Hooson, Tel: 01792 513455