Stephen gears up for extreme charity challenge

Stephen Johnson who is taking part in the 70 Wild Miles in aid of Clic Sargent.
Stephen Johnson who is taking part in the 70 Wild Miles in aid of Clic Sargent.
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GLENGORMLEY estate agent Stephen Johnson is no stranger to marathon fundraising efforts, but next weekend he is set to take on his most gruelling charity challenge to date - a 70-mile extreme endurance event.

The 41-year-old Director of Country Estates will travel to the Share Centre in Co Fermanagh on June 25 for ‘70 Wild Miles’ - an energy-sapping test of mental and physical strength during which competitors must cycle 47 miles, then canoe for 10 miles, before running 13 miles to the finish.

Stephen, who is undertaking the challenge in support of children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent, has completed a dozen marathons in cities around the world over the past decade, including Belfast, London, New York, Amsterdam and Paris. Running each of the 26.2 mile races in aid of various cancer charities, he has already raised more than £20,000 for good causes.

“I’ve been training for it since January. I’ve been trying to get out running most lunchtimes and at weekends, and have been canoeing at Lough Neagh and the River Maine. I’ve been cycling when I’ve got the chance, so I should be well prepared,” he said.

“I’m hoping to do the cycle in about two-and-a-half hours, about two hours in the canoe and sub two hours for the run, so hopefully I’ll finish in around six-and-a-half hours.”

Anyone who would like to help Stephen (pictured) in his latest fundraising effort can make a donation at any Country Estates branch - Glengormley, Ballyclare or Antrim.

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