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Retailer Completes Challenging Triathlon For Charity

Julian Holliss, who runs three SPAR forecourt stores in the South Hams area of Devon, has taken part in a challenging triathlon to raise funds for charity.

Julian, who has previously taken part in other endurance fundraising events for charities, took part in his latest challenge to raise money for CLIC Sargent and the Derriford Children’s Cancer Service (DCCS) after being touched by the story of Kingsbridge schoolboy Ben Baldry.

Two years ago, Ben collapsed on his way to school and was diagnosed with a brain tumour, for which he underwent a year of chemotherapy and intensive treatment.

Ben is at the same school as Julian’s daughter Jemma (12) at Kingsbridge Community College, and Julian was at school with Ben’s mother Tracy. Julian also played rugby with Ben’s father Kevin, and now coaches Ben’s brother Toby at Kingsbridge RFC.

“Ben’s family had to put normal life on hold while they looked after their son, and were supported throughout by two inspirational charities in CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and DCCS,” said Julian.

“Both provide expert practical, emotional and financial support to the families of children diagnosed with cancer and have helped Ben make a remarkable recovery.”

Julian and three friends completed a tough triathlon at the beginning of June involving crossing Devon from north to south – a distance of 130 miles - in a day. They cycled from Foreland Point on the north coast to Totnes, then paddled down the River Dart to Dartmouth for 11 miles before finishing with a 20 mile run/trek along the south west coastal path to Prawle Point, the most southerly point in Devon in just under sixteen hours. Julian’s daughter Jemma joined the party for the final leg and completed the rugged coastal run in just under 5hours.

Anyone wishing to support the effort can still do so via the on-line fundraising page http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/coasttocoastdevon
Julian is Director of Holliss Filling Stations, a family business operating three SPAR forecourt stores at Townstal Road Garage in Dartmouth, California Cross Filling Station near Modbury and Totnes Cross Filling Station at Halwell. He has previously been involved in some epic fundraising events. He has run in excess of 25 marathons, numerous ultra marathons including the one-stage 48 mile ultra marathon along Cornwall's coastal path from the Lizard to Lands End, the 78 mile Jurassic Coast Challenge along the Dorset coastal path and even a 104 mile coastline stage non-stop from Exeter to Plymouth including 3 river crossings.

He has completed the daunting Norseman Triathlon (reputably the world’s most extreme Iron Man) in Norway which included a 2.5mile fjord swim, a 120mile bike leg over the Hardangervidda, Europe’s largest mountain plateau, and finishing with a 26 mile marathon run to the summit of Gaustoppen. During 2008 he completed the Garmin TransPortugal, a 1001km race traversing Portugal entirely off-road on a mountain bike.

Three years ago he took part in an ambitious John O’ Groats to Lands End adventure with a difference, raising funds for Dartmouth Mini Rugby Club. The event included running and climbing over the three peaks of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon, and kayaking across three lakes - Windermere, Lake Bala and Loch Lomond.

Last year, Julian participated in the OtillO challenge in the Baltic Sea off Stockholm, traversing 20 Archipelago islands by running 55km and swimming 10km non-stop in an organised race.

“Occasionally, I feel compelled to raise funds for a worthwhile charity that has touched me in the course of my everyday life, and the story of Ben and the support given by CLIC Sargent and DCCS was a case in point. I was delighted and proud to have completed this challenge with Jemma, in what will hopefully prove to be the first of many adventures together”. said Julian.

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