Triathlon coach Blair Cartmell taking on Around The World In One Day cycling challenge to raise money for NHS charities

22 April 2020

Blair Cartmell, assistant coach with the British Triathlon National Performance Centre at the University of Bath, is gearing up for a fundraising challenge that will see him and fellow cyclists bike the equivalent of an 18,000-mile round-the-world trip – all in one day.

The Around The World In One Day challenge has been set up by Scottish endurance cyclist Mark Beaumont and will see 80 participants, including Blair, cycle 240 miles apiece on a turbo trainer in their own homes.

Providing moral support will be Rhys Davey, Head Triathlon Coach at Bath, and members of the squad who will be riding two-hour slots with Blair from their homes and staying in touch via Zoom to keep him motivated during the tiring challenge.

It is taking place on Thursday (April 23) and all money raised is going to NHS charities through The Sun’s Who Cares Wins appeal.

“Mark famously rode around the world in less than 80 days, averaging 240 miles per day, so we are basically flipping that achievement on its head,” said Blair, who works with the elite and student triathlete squads based at the University’s Sports Training Village.

“The aim is for us to do 18,000 miles between us and raise £1 per mile. I’ll be starting at 4am, so it is going to be a tough challenge but it is all for a fantastic cause.”

To support Blair’s fundraising efforts, click here to visit his donation page. To find out more about the Around The World In One Day challenge, visit or search for @WORLDIN1DAY on social media.

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