Student charity challenge

A HASTINGS student took on a monumental marathon task to raise money for a leading cancer charity.

Louis Bedwell, of Vale Road, walked for 30 hours, from 8.30 Saturday morning (March 22) until 2.30 Sunday (March 23), pulling a third of his body weight for Cancer Research UK.

The feat, which left Louis exhausted and half a stone lighter, was part of a year long series of extreme physical challenges , called the One Expedition, which he started in order to raise £10,000 for Cancer Research.

The 20-year-old said: “This was my hardest challenge to date but everything clicked in to place. I felt fantastic and the support from the general public carried me through. I burnt way over 15,000 calories during the event and really tested the capabilities of my body. It was the one time I was glad to have spent hundreds of hours training alone in the rain!

After his mother was diagnosed with cancer, Louis decided to raise money for the national charity and challenge himself to The One Expedition and he has already walked unsupported around the Sussex border and spent 24 hours in a cross trainer.

This is just one of several impressive tasks, that Louis has set himself . And although it was one of the most physically challenging, Louis enjoyed the crowd support.

He said: “There was lot of support I was going up and down and people were joining me. Random people,complete strangers were walking along with me. “I would like to thank Eric Hardwick and all of the Hastings Runners for their support and kind donations”

Having raised £7,000 so far, Louis is now recovering and getting ready to gear up to his last challenge, the London to Brighton 100 km race.

Chloe Williams Cancer Research Uk area volunteer manager said: “We were absolutely delighted that Louis decided to attempt such a great challenge to raise money for Cancer Research UK.”