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Around the World in 585 Days

Two scientists, have set themselves the challenge of a lifetime to travel a ‘virtual’ Pole-to-Pole journey incorporating seven marathons across seven continents, to raise £20,000 for cancer research.

Beginning with the London Marathon on Sunday and finishing with the Antarctic Ice Marathon on 19 November 2015, Paul Webb and Byron Truscott, will also run, swim, canoe and cycle the equivalent distance between the two Poles – 20,000km - in the 585 days between the two marathons for Worldwide Cancer Research.

Paul Webb, a scientist at Sasol Technology, an international energy and chemical company with a research and development lab based at the University of St Andrews, said:

“Byron and I both have parents that have suffered from cancer and we believe passionately that cancer research is the only way we can fight this disease. All over the world there are people who dedicate their life’s work to the advancement of medicine for the common good of mankind. We want to help these amazing people to carry out their invaluable research so we are trying to raise as much as we can for the charity, who fund cancer research worldwide. As scientists we have firsthand experience of the immense cost of carrying out fundamental research so we are hoping to raise £20,000 for this cause through our 585 day challenge.”

Paul will be completing seven marathons beginning with the London Marathon in April and including The Great Wall of China Marathon in May, and ending with the Antarctic Ice Marathon on 19 November 2015.

Byron Truscott is studying for a PhD in chemistry at the University of St Andrews:

“We are trying to cover as much distance as possible whilst still holding down full time jobs. We do some kind of activity six days a week and Paul and I have already covered over 1000km.

“Worldwide Cancer Research fund amazing research so we wanted to do something amazing to help support their vital work,” commented Byron.

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