Newport three set for marathon gym challenge in pal's memory
9:00am Sunday 10th February 2013 in News
A GROUP of friends will be putting their strength to the test as part of a gruelling 36-hour gym session to raise money for St David's Hospice Care, in memory of a pal who died of cancer.
Earl Palmer, 35, an actor from Ringland; Lewis Grant, 22, from Bettws, and Paul Roberts, 32, from Rogerstone, will take on the challenge along with Anthony Thomas, 28, from Cardiff, on Saturday February 23 to Sunday 24.
The group previously completed a 36-hour gym marathon last March, and are hoping to raise even more funds this year in memory of their friend Steven Lewis, 31, who died in December 2011 from stomach cancer.
The event will take place at the Newport Active Living Centre in Bettws. The group will constantly train for 36 hours with a 15-minute toilet and food break every three hours.
They will each run a marathon on the treadmill, and will use bikes, the cross-trainer, rowing machine and individual weights over the two days.
Mr Palmer said: "If we can live the rest of our lives with as much grace, humour and faith as Steve showed in his last few months, we will have lived a great life. He was special."
More than £10,500 has been raised for St David's in Mr Lewis' name.
To donate visit www.justgiving.com/Earl-Palmer1 or visit the Newport Active Living Centre on February 23 and 24.
Mr Lewis' family will run a water station at the end of the Newport Half Marathon on Sunday March 3.
On Saturday March 2 the family are holding an event to mark the end of their fund raising activities for the year at the St Julian's Conservative Club at 7 pm, tickets £5.