Man takes on 266-mile charity challenge

May 02 2017
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Being able to get to hospital before the baby arrives can keep some expectant parents awake at night, however in some parts of the world accessing medical care during labour is impossible.

Being able to get to hospital before the baby arrives can keep some expectant parents awake at night, however in some parts of the world accessing medical care during labour is impossible.

But a man from Frampton Cotterell is hoping his sporting efforts this year will help change this.

Alan West has already successfully completed the Paris Marathon in 5 hours (and in 26-degree heat), but the 40-year-old will have little time to recover as his focus moves to his next physical trial - a London to Paris cycling challenge which covers 240 miles.

Alan chose to sign up to the two gruelling sporting events to help raise the profile of Transaid.

The international development organisation, for which Mr West is an ambassador, works to transform lives through safe, available, and sustainable transport in economically developing countries.  

People living in rural areas of Africa often struggle to access vital services. Around 75% of maternal deaths can be avoided through timely access to vital childbirth-related care.

In sub-Saharan Africa, road deaths are the third biggest killer following HIV/AIDS and Malaria.  Transaid is working with partners and governments to train driver trainers. Its driver training programmes make drivers more competent, vehicles safer, and reduces death and injury on the road.

Alan, who works for DHL Supply Chain, said “My day job involves improving driver safety and efficiency through good practice and new technology. When I first heard about Transaid and what they do I was blown away by the statistics.”

“The Paris Marathon was an amazing experience, exhausting but well worth the hours of training, the sore feet and the numerous injuries I picked up along the way including a stress fracture – luckily this was all healed before the big day.”

“I’m allowing myself a few days off the training before I jump on my bike in preparation for my next challenge.” 

The Transaid European Cycling Challenge starts on 22 September. 

He has set himself a fundraising target of £1,600 for the two events with all money raised going straight to the charity. JustGiving page is www.justgiving.com/fundraising/AlWestParisMarathon

He’s also hoping for corporate sponsorship and can be contracted at alwestparischallenges@gmail.com or 07771 506549.