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Adventure triathlon - the final leg

Tuesday 11 May 2010

Dr Grant MacAskill conquering Ben Nevis

Dr Grant MacAskill will today (Tuesday 11 May, 2010), at the East Sands Leisure Centre, end a journey that has seen him cycle the longest climb in the UK, run the highest hill, and swim 200 lengths – all in aid of Project Zambia.

Project Zambia is a University of St Andrews scheme to take students to Africa, to develop sports and educational projects for communities, while learning about a radically different culture.

Dr MacAskill, a lecturer in New Testament studies at the University of St Andrews' School of Divinity, began his adventure triathlon on 8 May when he tackled the Bealach Beag cycle race - a 70km race which includes an ascent of 1,800m including the biggest road climb in the UK, rising 626m in just 10km, with 1km at a 22% gradient.

The challenge continued on Monday with a run up and down Ben Nevis, the highest hill in the UK. To top it all off, Grant will today swim 3 miles in St Andrews.

Dr MacAskill said:

"I enjoy doing things like this. It’s nice to be able to do something you enjoy and to turn it into something nice for someone else as well."

Photos of Dr MacAskill training in St Andrews are available. Please call 01334 462 109.

For further details visit Dr Macaskill's blog at: http://zambiatriathlon.blogspot.com

To give to Project Zambia go to: www.justgiving.com/projectzambiadonate

Issued by the University of St Andrews

Contact: Emma Shea, Communications Manager on 01334 462 109 or email Emma.Shea@st-andrews.ac.uk