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Glyn Marston gearing up for ultimate challenge

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An avid sport endurance enthusiast is gearing up for a 90-hour non-stop race.

Glyn Marston will be tackling the 2015 Paris-Brest-Paris race, a 750km bike race starting on August 16 this year.

But the 52-year-old from Willenhall won't be competing on a normal bike, he will be racing on an Elliptigo bike, a combination between a cross-trainer - a machine used to simulate stair walking and hill climbing - and a normal bicycle.

Glyn started training for the race last year in November after being called up by a member of the British Elliptigo team.

As part of his training and in order for him to qualify for the race, he first has to tackle four endurance Elliptgo bike challenges, at 200km, 400km, 600km and 800km, which take place between March and June.

Glyn said: "I got contacted by a member of the British Elliptigo team after he saw me complete a 13-mile uphill Elliptigo bike race in the mountains bordered between France and Switzerland last year.

"I didn't finish the race first but I put in a strong time and he was impressed with my effort.

"He thought if I started training now, I'd be in tip-top shape by next year, and put me through to the team."

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Glyn started competing in sport endurance races in 1993 after he quit smoking. He originally used to jog but he soon got 'bit by the bug' and started running in competitive races.

He has competed in many endurance races since, such as the gruelling north to south rim race of the Grand Canyon and the 153-mile non-stop Greek Spartathlon race.

His running got cut short when he injured his knee in a race however, and was told 'I'd be in a wheelchair if I ever raced again.'

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A few years ago though he attended a sports exhibition in London and was introduced to the Elliptigo bike.

He got on the bike and 'immediately fell in love with it', saying 'it felt really comfortable for me and I knew it would allow me to compete in endurance races again.'

Glyn has been training for the race on his cross-runner at home.

He added: "I've never competed in this kind of race before.

"I'm looking forward to the race but it will definitely be a challenge."

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