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Great lengths for ‘great local cause’

Peter Kerridge, of Sowerby, is taking part in the Swim Hellespont Turkish Victory Day Swim 2014, in Turkey. Pictured here in Salford at a triathlon

Peter Kerridge, of Sowerby, is taking part in the Swim Hellespont Turkish Victory Day Swim 2014, in Turkey. Pictured here in Salford at a triathlon

A charitable fitness fanatic is celebrating turning 50 by taking part in the Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim Hellespont.

Peter Kerridge, of Sowerby, has travelled to Turkey with wife Tracey - who thinks her husband is “mad” for taking part in the 4.5km swim race.

But, Peter is combining charity with his physical pursuits as he raises money for Overgate Hospice, Elland.

“We will all end up there at some point or know someone who does - Overgate is a great local cause.”

The father-of-three also plans to take part in the London Marathon next year.

Peter said: “A few years ago, I saw some kids jump in the Bosphorus and were very quickly swept away - I thought, who would be stupid enough to jump in. When I turned 50 I thought, ‘why not?’ It might be out of my depth but I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

He completed a triathlon recently, pictured, and both stages of the Yorkshire Tour de France.

Overgate Hospice events fundraiser, Rebecca Gill, said: “Peter does a lot for Overgate - we appreciate the lengths he goes to in fundraising for us and wish him the best of luck.”

Swimming between continents

Peter will take part in the annual Swim Hellespont 2014 on August 30 along with 500 swimmers.

The strech of sea spans from Europe to Asian. In 1810, Lord Byron, English poet, became the first known person to swim across the Hellespont. He swam it in honour of Leander who, in Greek Mythology, would swim nightly across this stretch of water to his lover Hero.

To donate to visit justgiving.com/peter-kezzi

 

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