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Epic Bradford Teacher Sets Out To Smash Three Endurance World Records back to back

A teacher from Bradford will attempt to smash three world records consecutively next year in a feat never before attempted when he undertakes an endurance triathlon of epic proportions, to show his pupils never to limit themselves and to raise money for charity.

On 24 July 2019, Sam Boatwright aims to start by swimming the Channel (21 miles), before cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats (a distance of 854 with the aim of maintaining an average speed of 23mph) and then running back to Land’s End from John O’Groats, aiming to cover 100 miles a day.

A challenge to set world records in each discipline back to back like this has never been undertaken before but Sam has a good track record with endurance challenges. In 2012 he was dubbed the ‘epic runner’ as he ran 50 miles every day for 50 days. Then in 2017, he crossed America in 32 days, consecutively cycling 150 miles one day and running 50 the next. 
Sam says: “I’m a full-time maths teacher at St Bedes and St Joseph’s Catholic College in Bradford. Every mile I have ever covered from the start has been to prove to people – most importantly the kids I teach – that with focus and resolve absolutely anything is possible. I have always wanted to inspire as a teacher. I couldn’t think of a more visible way of showing that you can disregard limits set by other people or your circumstances, that you can achieve whatever you set your mind to – even when no believes you can do it but you – than this.

“Setting the world record in all three disciplines is going to be gruelling and unbelievably hard. If I complete all three, I would be the first person ever to do so back to back. The people who hold these records and the elite, and yes I’m just a maths teacher. I suppose I could stop there, admit defeat and not even attempt it. But that’s just not me. I have to have something to push for. My aim is to show that with hard work and dedication you can overcome anything.”

It isn’t just his pupils who have been inspired. Sam, who grew up in Malham but who now lives in Silsden, has a keen following on social media who encourage him as well as high-profile supporter comedian John Bishop.

Past challenges have seen Sam raise almost £25,000 for Help for Heroes. This time any money raised will be for SSAFA, the armed forces charity.
Sam is currently looking for sponsorship to undertake the triathlon. He says: “Any financial support towards this would be very much appreciated, or help with kit, from trainers, to t-shirts, to specific cycling or swimming or running equipment would also be massively welcome. I’m more than happy to talk to anyone who thinks they’d like to support me. I’ll be covering 1,769 miles, which works out at needing to raise about £4.23 per mile, so I’d be grateful for what ever people are able to donate.”

People can sponsor Sam online at www.samboatwright.com or can contact him on 07734445648 for more information.

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