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Endurance King brings in funds for Fisher House

March 2, 2012

They don’t call him the ‘Endurance King’ for nothing.

Brian New is embarking on a series of gruelling fitness challenges to raise cash for QEHB Charity’s Fisher House fund.

Last month the Warrington triathlete racked up almost 30 hours of pain as he battled dangerous African winds to complete 464 kilometres of non-stop racing in the Enduroman Double Ironman in Lanzarote.

Only 12 of the tip-top athletes from around the world finished the punishing running and bike schedule, with Brian placing seventh at the Playa Blanca finish line.

With another three endurance events planned throughout the year, Brian has already raised more than £1,600 for Fisher House at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, a ‘home from home’ where troops can spend time away from the ward with their families, friends and colleagues.

QEHB is the receiving hospital for all UK military patients who are wounded or injured anywhere in the world. Work will begin in the spring on Fisher House, which is funded by the QEHB Charity in partnership with American charity Fisher House Foundation and the UK’s Help for Heroes.

Brian, a triathlon coach, told the Warrington Guardian: “This was the hardest race I have ever done. Period.

“Coming seventh overall is a massive personal achievement.”

He spent six months of gym work and pounding canal tow paths to prepare for the 4.8-mile swim, 224-mile bike ride and 52-mile run – all to be completed within the 40-hour time limit.

To sponsor Brian and follow his progress, visit his fundraising page at www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/briannew.

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