Marathon fundraising effort as runner crosses off another continent

Paul Webb.
Paul Webb.

Runner Paul Webb is one challenge nearer his aim of completing marathons on all seven continents.

Running to raise money for St Andrews-based charity Worldwide Cancer Research (WCR), Paul recently finished the Rio de Janeiro 26-miler, ticking off his fifth continent in the process,

He has already taken part in the London Marathon, New York City Marathon, the Marathon des Sables and the Great Wall of China Marathon and so far has raised more than £23,000 for WCR.

Paul, a scientist at energy and chemical company Sasol Technology’s research and development lab at the University of St Andrews, finished in 33rd place overall and second in his category, with a new PB of 2:51:42, a great result considering the heat.

He said: “I only decided to travel to Brazil five days before the race after realising I could get there using air miles.

“It was hot and the humidity was 90% making things especially difficult so I’m delighted with the result.

Paul running in Sahara in the gruelling Marathon des Sables.

Paul running in Sahara in the gruelling Marathon des Sables.

“It could not have been better. The course was quite flat with the final stretches taking you along the famous and beautiful Ipanema and Copacabana beaches.”

Next up is the Great North Run this weekend and then the Berlin Marathon at the end of this month.

You can donate to Paul’s WCR cause at Just Giving. You can also support him further by voting for him in this year’s Mountain Warehouse Charity Challenge at Mountain Warehouse Charity Challenge.

The winner, determined by the number of public votes, receives £5000 for their chosen charity.

The final stretches took you along the famous and beautiful Ipanema and Copacabana beaches.

Paul Webb