Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Hampshire firemen complete 'marathon' trip

Phil Jackson and Stuart Vince
Image caption Phil Jackson (left) and Stuart Vince set off on their marathon challenge on 20 May

Two Hampshire firefighters have covered the distance of 11 marathons in 11 days to raise awareness of organ donation.

Stuart Vince, 36, and Phil Jackson, 45, ran from Portsmouth to Land's End before making the return journey by kayak, on foot and bike.

The pair started the 260-mile trip on 20 May from Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth.

Mr Vince organised the challenge after saving a friend's life by donating one of his own kidneys last year.

'Highs and lows'

Bad weather forced them to abandoned their planned return trip by sea from Plymouth; instead the pair ran and cycled back.

The final leg into Portsmouth was completed in windy conditions shortly after 15:00 BST.

On arriving in Portsmouth, Mr Vince said: "I can't describe how I'm feeling, there have been massive highs and lows. Being greeted by all of these people is fantastic."

Big Donor Challenge spokesperson Julie Benford said of the men's fundraising efforts: "Our final total will be more than £10,000 and we have signed up 400 people as donors.

"We're really pleased as one donor can save up to eight lives."

The money raised will be donated to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, Southampton General Hospital and the Wessex Kidney Association.

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