Gruelling challenge for Martin

PUBLISHED: 14:08 21 December 2006 | UPDATED: 21:28 29 May 2010

Martin Yates

Martin Yates

FORD END S Martin Yates will be pushing his body to the limit when he runs 50km on a cross-trainer to raise money for charity today, Thursday. The 48-year-old, whose wife Kerry works at the local primary school, is taking on the gruelling challenge to sup

FORD END'S Martin Yates will be pushing his body to the limit when he runs 50km on a cross-trainer to raise money for charity today, Thursday.

The 48-year-old, whose wife Kerry works at the local primary school, is taking on the gruelling challenge to support the Freeplay Foundation to buy 50 radios for children in Zambia, South Africa.

Mr Yates, who has never competed in an endurance event before, said: "I work for Reuters in London and we've been working with Freeplay this year, so we decided to try and raise £20,000 to buy 500 radios to send to Africa.

"I decided to do 50km on the cross-trainer for my part of the fundraising effort as

I thought it would grab people's imaginations.

"I've been training at the Dunmow Leisure Centre three times a week for the last three months, building up the number of kilometres I do each time.

"Obviously it will be tough as I expect to finish in about five-and-a-quarter hours, but my wife and colleagues will be cheering me on in the work's gym and I don't intend to fail."

Mr Yates, whose youngest daughter Amber is a pupil at Ford End Primary School, has been sponsored by friends and family and is also hoping to raise money from bets being placed by his workmates.

"Colleagues have set up many sweepstakes, they have been putting money on how long it will take me to finish and how many calories I'll burn off," he said.

To sponsor Mr Yates visit www.justgiving.com/freeplay-reuters

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