An Arbroath-based Royal Marine has decided to go that extra mile – quite literally – when he tackles the Great North Run for charity.
On September 15 Captain Steve Lewis RM will tackle the half marathon Great North Run in support of Forces’ charities Combat Stress and The Royal Marine Charitable Trust Fund.
To make things more interesting, Captain Lewis, a former world and European level triathlete, has decided to transform the 13 mile run into an epic triathlon, featuring a two-kilometre open water swim and an 80 mile bike ride.
He said: “Nowadays just completing the run is not seen as much of a challenge, therefore I had to think of other ideas. With my background in triathlon, this seemed the perfect solution.”
Captain Lewis has been at RM Condor since 2010 and was second in command Rear Ops for Herrick 14 and later project managed the Woodlands Gardens build. He is currently Quartermaster Technical for 45 Commando.
Having represented Great Britain three times at World and European triathlon championships he aims to swim 2km across the Solway Firth from Annan to Bowness-on-Solway before cycling the 80 miles to the Great North Run start line in Newcastle where he will meet his wife Lisa.
According to Captain Lewis it is more than a physical challenge. He said: “Working out the times has been a challenge in itself due to tides in the Solway Firth. Unless I end up in the Isle of Man because of the tide, I aim to arrive in Newcastle for the start of the run.”