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From sun, sand and shorts to snow, ice and long johns

Fundraising inspiration Paul Webb completed his sixth marathon on his sixth continent earlier this month by running the Auckland Marathon in New Zealand.  He then popped over to Melbourne, Australia to visit Worldwide Cancer Research grant holders (L to R back row) Dr Doug Fairlie (far left), Dr Marco Herold*, Professor Andrew Giraud, Professor David Vaux and Professor Fabienne MacKay (front row) Dr Irinna Lee*, Dr Kate Sutherland, Paul Webb, Dr Leona Rohrbeck*.

*works in Dr Fairlie’s lab

Paul set himself the challenge of a lifetime earlier this year- to travel a 'virtual' Pole-to-Pole by completing a journey of 20,000km.  He is doing this by swimming, cycling and running, including incorporating seven marathons across seven continents to raise over £20,000 for Worldwide Cancer Research.

Paul has now completed the Rio de Janeiro Marathon, the London Marathon, the New York Marathon, the Marathon des Sables (ranked by the Discovery Channel as the toughest footrace on earth through the Sahara desert) and the Great Wall of China Marathon. In between these he also completed various other races and marathons including the Jungfrau Marathon in Switzerland, the Edinburgh Marathon, the St Andrews Chariots of Fire Beach Race, the Berlin Marathon and the Great North Run.

With only one continent left to go, Paul has saved the coldest until last.  He is now heading off to the Antarctic for the ice marathon! If you'd like to make a donation, please visit

Photo credit: Walter and Eliza Hall Institute