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By Heart of England Mencap, Feb 21 2018 03:43PM

Physiotherapist to swim, cycle to London and then run London Marathon in incredible non-stop fundraising challenge!

RUNNING the London Marathon is no easy feat – but one local man is going to attempt it - having swam two miles and then hopped on his bike to cycle overnight the 100-plus miles from Warwickshire to the Grenwich startline first.

Jonathan Davis, who runs Shires Physio in Warwick and Leamington, will be taking on the more than a marathon challenge this April to raise funds for Heart of England Mencap, supporting people with learning disabilities across Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

The 37-year-old from Kenilworth is no stranger to big physical feats.

He has completed 3 marathons before, as well as 3 Ironman challenges covering 140 miles in water, on wheels and on foot.

But he has never attempted it overnight – until now.

On Saturday April 21st Jonathan will jump into a local pool to swim 2 miles. He will then get on his bike to cycle through the night, covering 112 miles to get to London. With no time for sleep, he’ll then line-up to take on the London Marathon, looking to complete the last 26.2 miles in an incredible fundraising challenge.

“It might sound a little bit mad but in my job as a physio I meet so many really inspiring people, people really overcoming adversity and doing incredible things,” Jonathan said.

“This doesn’t even compare to what I have seen many of them go through – and that’s why I want to do it, to show how you can set yourself a challenge, overcome difficulty and achieve it.

“Fundraising for Heart of England Mencap – a charity which supports so many local people with learning disabilities, supporting them as they overcome adversity and focus on their abilities – is the perfect fit.”

Jonathan is hoping to raise way over the minimum £1,500 London Marathon requirement – looking for support from local businesses as well as individual pledges.

“What Jonathan is attempting is absolutely incredible and we are so grateful for his support,” Cath Errington, Fundraising Manager for Heart of England Mencap, said.

“He will be really inspirational to the people we support, people facing challenges every day. We’re going to use the money raised to inspire activity and sport in our customers – through adaptive sport sessions and to further our adaptive cycling programme too. Such an amazing challenge really deserves some amazing support so we’re urging everyone to get behind Jonathan and donate whatever they can knowing it will go directly to some of the most disadvantaged local people in their community.”

To sponsor Jonathan visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JonDavis

Businesses interested in supporting or sponsoring his challenge can contact Cath Errington, Fundraising Manager for Heart of England Mencap, on 01789 298709.

Photo: In training – Jonathan Davis in the gym with Heart of England Mencap’s Fundraising Manager Cath Errington.

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