Ten challenges to help people fighting cancer

The late Maureen Cowling with Russ Cowling
The late Maureen Cowling with Russ Cowling
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A fitness fan who shed more than 10 stone will tackle a string of challenges to help people with cancer.

Russ Cowling, of Pudsey, hopes to raise £3,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support by completing the 10 challenges in seven months.

He is due to embark on a 127 mile Liverpool to Leeds Canal cycle ride today (Friday) with friends Craig and Mark Hullah.

Russ, a media sales consultant at Johnston Press Yorkshire, has already completed the Pudsey 10K.

Between now and the end of the year he also plans to take part in the Leeds 10K, four consecutive rounds of golf, Tough Mudder Yorkshire, a 12-hour 5-a-side challenge, the Brownlee Triathlon, the Major Series and Leeds Abbey Dash. The final challenge has yet to be decided but Russ says he is open to ideas.

Russ, 36, was inspired to raise the money following the death of his grandmother, Maureen Cowling, who died aged 79 in May from cancer.

“She was the hub of the family,” he said. “She was the mother figure to all the grandkids, her house was an open house.”

Russ got into fitness as part of a mission to shed weight - he has lost over 10 stone since 2010.

He plans to wear one shirt for all the challenges - which will be decorated with the names of people close to sponsors who have either been a victim of cancer, are living with the disease or who have beat it.

Russ, who has already raised £1,300, said: “I know a few people who have lost people to cancer, are fighting it or have survived it. I know of lots of people who have been helped by Macmillan.”