Former soldier to complete a 100km ultra run on each continent within a year for charity
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A former soldier who beat cancer is hoping to complete a globetrotting physical challenge to raise money and awareness for others facing the disease.
Adrian Kent, originally from Great Yarmouth, will travel to each of the seven continents to run 100km through some of the most remote locations in the world.
In 2003, while serving as an army commando in Northern Ireland Mr Kent found a cancerous lump on his testicle.
By the time he returned home for a biopsy the cancer had spread to his lungs and stomach.
He said: “I went through months of chemotherapy and operations to deal with it.”
And now, 15 year later, Mr Kent is attempting to raise £10,000 to be split between Cancer Research UK and the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team.
Speaking of his challenge he said: “It’s something different that stands out.
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“There are three main reasons behind it; to raise money and awareness for the charities, to get the message out there for men to check themselves for signs of testicular cancer.
“And finally to inspire people to get out there and see the world – all this is being done on a shoe string budget.”
The 41-year-old said: “We have lost quite a few people in the family to cancer. I just feel fortunate to be able to do something like this.”
So far Mr Kent, who now splits his time between Norfolk and Cardiff, has completed the Asian leg of his challenge – running 100km through the tough terrain of Nepal.
He said: “The first one was the hardest because it was quite mountainous.
“But as long as you maintain fitness in between it works out at about a run every other month.”
The challenge will see Mr Kent run through the Great Rift Valley in Kenya, the Cascade Mountains in North America and the Greater Blue Mountains in Australia.
He added: “It’s not a sightseeing tour, I arrive in the county a few days before and leave after.
“I am on my own for the majority of the runs – so that adds a little bit of risk also.”
To help Mr Kent reach his £10,000 goal donate at: www.gofundme.com/ultra7continents