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Marathon man from Shoreham who battled injury is Local Hero

The Argus: Marathon man who battled injury is Local Hero Marathon man who battled injury is Local Hero

A man who ran a marathon despite seriously injuring himself in a triathlon has been named this week’s Local Hero.

John Challen, of Downside, Shoreham, said he was honoured to receive the accolade after slashing himself after falling off his bike during the triathlon.

Despite eventually needing 26 stitches Mr Challen carried on to compete in the Brighton Marathon.


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The 35-year-old freelance journalist has so far raised £5,000 for the Worthing branch of the National Autistic Society and MS Treatment and hopes to raise £8,000.

He set off from Hove around 5am, swam 1,500m and started his 40km ride when disaster struck.

He plunged from his bike and slashed his leg.

Mr Challen said: “About 20 seconds afterwards I knew I had to carry on.”

So he did and ran the final 10km of the triathlon – before starting the Brighton Marathon, where he ran 26 miles.

This, he admitted, was against the advice of medics.

He said two St John’s Ambulance people: “told me my leg would fall off”.

In the end he completed the marathon in four hour and 59 minutes and spent the next six hours in Worthing General Hospital’s accident and emergency department.

He said: “I crossed the finish line at Brighton Marathon having spent nine hours either running, swimming, cycling and walking during the day.”

On Monday he had his stitches taken out.

Mr Challen wanted to raise money for the charities as his mother-in-law has MS while his friend Zoe Green’s son, James, has Asperger’s Syndrome.

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Hundreds of heroes go almost unnoticed in our local communities. But The Argus is determined to give them the recognition they thoroughly deserve. We have teamed up with housing repair and maintenance company Mears to launch our weekly Local Hero Awards. We are inviting readers to nominate their candidates and tell us why they have put them forward for the award. Contact Ben Leo on 01273 544682 or email ben.leo@theargus.co.uk.

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9:19am Sun 20 Apr 14

twonk says...

I think that they've confused the word heroic with stupid.
I think that they've confused the word heroic with stupid. twonk
  • Score: -14

10:06am Sun 20 Apr 14

NathanAdler says...

So he very gallantly has raised over £5000 for charity, which is very well done indeed, but does he have any idea how much his own treatment would have cost if it went all belly up?

I assume personal injury insurance or BUPA is not high on his agenda, so I agree with the above - what a stupid man !!

Not a hero in my books more like "The Big I Am"
So he very gallantly has raised over £5000 for charity, which is very well done indeed, but does he have any idea how much his own treatment would have cost if it went all belly up? I assume personal injury insurance or BUPA is not high on his agenda, so I agree with the above - what a stupid man !! Not a hero in my books more like "The Big I Am" NathanAdler
  • Score: -18

10:40am Sun 20 Apr 14

misshappyface says...

What a remarkable thing to do for charity, raising over £5k too, I think Mr Challen is amazing, and I suspect a lot of other people do too, else he wouldn't have raised £5K, I suggest the negative commenters come from people who spend a lot of their time thinking about theirselves, such negativity only makes them look bad & quite frankly makes them seem somewhat distasteful, Well done Mr Challen I believe you are a local hero,
What a remarkable thing to do for charity, raising over £5k too, I think Mr Challen is amazing, and I suspect a lot of other people do too, else he wouldn't have raised £5K, I suggest the negative commenters come from people who spend a lot of their time thinking about theirselves, such negativity only makes them look bad & quite frankly makes them seem somewhat distasteful, Well done Mr Challen I believe you are a local hero, misshappyface
  • Score: 14

10:56am Sun 20 Apr 14

PaulOckenden says...

It's easy for keyboard warriors sitting there on their far bums to criticise isn't it.

I for one think that what John Challen did was totally amazing, and for two very important local charities.

Not giving up in the face of adversity is one of the most admirable human traits. Posting weasel comments on news stories is somewhere near the other end of the spectrum.
It's easy for keyboard warriors sitting there on their far bums to criticise isn't it. I for one think that what John Challen did was totally amazing, and for two very important local charities. Not giving up in the face of adversity is one of the most admirable human traits. Posting weasel comments on news stories is somewhere near the other end of the spectrum. PaulOckenden
  • Score: 22

11:13am Sun 20 Apr 14

Lenny123 says...

I cannot believe these sad people can think of something so negative and pathetic to write. Get a life TWONK and NathanAdler you sounds like bitter twisted people and the name twonk somes you up! - TWONK's
What this man has done is admirable and so unselfish hardly the big I am - so far from the truth! Now get on with your miserable lives and if nothing good to say why bother!
I cannot believe these sad people can think of something so negative and pathetic to write. Get a life TWONK and NathanAdler you sounds like bitter twisted people and the name twonk somes you up! - TWONK's What this man has done is admirable and so unselfish hardly the big I am - so far from the truth! Now get on with your miserable lives and if nothing good to say why bother! Lenny123
  • Score: 17

11:17am Sun 20 Apr 14

Millie_carter says...

can you please be quiet, think you're well hard saying horrible comments to my uncle. John has raised lots of money for two charities very close to our families hearts, how very dare you critisise his amazing work. ignore them jealous people john, you ARE a hero and I love you with all my heart x
can you please be quiet, think you're well hard saying horrible comments to my uncle. John has raised lots of money for two charities very close to our families hearts, how very dare you critisise his amazing work. ignore them jealous people john, you ARE a hero and I love you with all my heart x Millie_carter
  • Score: 17

11:43am Sun 20 Apr 14

Gail01 says...

After all the months of training John Challen put into this fund raising event, I am sad to see a couple of keyboard warriors trying to put a downer on his efforts. It was extremely unfortunate he was injured, but to carry on with the challenge shows what a kind and determined man he is. Well done John Challen!
After all the months of training John Challen put into this fund raising event, I am sad to see a couple of keyboard warriors trying to put a downer on his efforts. It was extremely unfortunate he was injured, but to carry on with the challenge shows what a kind and determined man he is. Well done John Challen! Gail01
  • Score: 14

12:10pm Sun 20 Apr 14

DollyDoodah says...

Isn't it a shame that there are some nasty little people sitting behind computer screens willing to criticise others for putting themselves out to help others 😟 I'm fairly sure John didn't deliberately fall off his bike, and I know he doesn't think of himself as a hero, but what he did was amazing - many people would have given up at the first hurdle!
Isn't it a shame that there are some nasty little people sitting behind computer screens willing to criticise others for putting themselves out to help others 😟 I'm fairly sure John didn't deliberately fall off his bike, and I know he doesn't think of himself as a hero, but what he did was amazing - many people would have given up at the first hurdle! DollyDoodah
  • Score: 12

12:40pm Sun 20 Apr 14

gareth74 says...

Pathetic pair of keyboard warriors - as far as costs go, i imagine that John's injuries at best were relatively low cost lacerations in financial terms. Why don't you wind your necks in and grow a pair, get off your lazy backsides and do something constructive
Pathetic pair of keyboard warriors - as far as costs go, i imagine that John's injuries at best were relatively low cost lacerations in financial terms. Why don't you wind your necks in and grow a pair, get off your lazy backsides and do something constructive gareth74
  • Score: 10

3:51pm Sun 20 Apr 14

fat elephant in the loft says...

John is a local hero. Whoever you are you can not pull wool over our eyes. Your stupid comment is dismissed. If I knew who you were I would sit on you until you said " small I am."
John is a local hero. Whoever you are you can not pull wool over our eyes. Your stupid comment is dismissed. If I knew who you were I would sit on you until you said " small I am." fat elephant in the loft
  • Score: 4

12:35am Mon 21 Apr 14

Camel54 says...

Well done John. A wonderful effort, raising money and above all, not failing to keep his promises to his family, friends and supporters. Good for him.
Well done John. A wonderful effort, raising money and above all, not failing to keep his promises to his family, friends and supporters. Good for him. Camel54
  • Score: 3

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