Gruelling marathon for lifeguard

PUBLISHED: 14:42 13 December 2006 | UPDATED: 14:55 12 May 2010

Triathlete Kevin Holt taking part in his marathon run for charity

Triathlete Kevin Holt taking part in his marathon run for charity

A LIFEGUARD from the Royston Leisure Centre has completed a gruelling marathon on top of a treadmill. Kevin Holt, who works at the leisure centre in Woodcock Road, took part in the challenge to raise funds for Royston s mayor Lynn Berry s two designated

A LIFEGUARD from the Royston Leisure Centre has completed a gruelling marathon on top of a treadmill.

Kevin Holt, who works at the leisure centre in Woodcock Road, took part in the challenge to raise funds for Royston's mayor Lynn Berry's two designated charities - Meldreth Manor School and the Royston Day Centre.

Kevin ran 26.2 miles on one of the centres treadmills in just under three hours.

He said: "I am a keen athlete and had to train very hard for this challenge. It was a challenge, but I had done all the correct training.

"This was my first marathon so to complete it in under three hours is a great achievement. I have been told that it is twice as hard to run a marathon on a treadmill because you can not stop for a rest and have to keep going."

However, Kevin is no novice in the world of athletics. The 25-year-old who lives in Hitchin is a regular triathlete for Milton Keynes Athletics Club and has also represented Great Britain.

He also said that he would continue the fundraising and is thinking about swimming the English channel.

The leisure centre has already raised £300 for the mayors charities after they donated the funds from its first anniversary open day.

Nicki Powell who works in the centres marketing department said: "Kevin's marathon went down very well and this is certainly the first time that a lot of people have witnessed something like this.

"It's a marvellous achievement especially as he was also raising money for charity. Completing a marathon on a treadmill is extremely hard work.

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