Mar 5 2013 by Jamie Bowman, Formby Times
A FORMBY adventurer has completed an incredible charity challenge by running three marathons in 33 hours in three continents.
Stuart Kershaw, 32, finished the epic endurance test in the Turkish city of Istanbul after a frantic flight that saw the documentary film-maker run along both sides of the Bosphorus strait – the traditional border between Europe and Asia.
Having originally planned to run marathons in Cairo and Athens, the adrenaline junkie was forced to reroute after his running companion got injured while running in the Egyptian capital, leaving Stuart to complete the expedition on his own.
Stuart said: “It was a surreal experience.
“The second runner had to drop out in Cairo after running a very slow marathon and picking up an injury which meant we missed our connection to Istanbul and lost over six hours. We re-routed via Alexandria at the airport and then landed in the Turkish capital with an insane challenge ahead as I had just nine hours and 40 minutes to run the remaining two legs on either side of the Bosphorus.
“I literally had to run back to the airport along the hard shoulder of the motorway for leg three and made it into Ataturk International with 15 minutes to spare before check- in closed.”
Stuart’s desperate bid to finish his latest challenge was understandable, after sickness forced him to give up a 2009 attempt to finish seven marathons in seven continents in just seven days.
“I contracted salmonella and collapsed with exhaustion back then, but I was determined to finish the job this time.
“I learned the lessons this times and bathed my feet in alcohol so they were rock hard.”
Stuart was helped along the way by Crosby students Jennifer Lace and Megan Burke, who acted as his support team and helped the brave athlete’s efforts to raise up to £2,000 in aid of Cancer Research Wales.
“They kept me sane,” added Stuart.