Triathlon coach Blair Cartmell raises more than £1,000 for NHS charities after taking on Around The World In One Day cycling challenge

24 April 2020

University of Bath triathlon coach Blair Cartmell has raised more than £1,000 for NHS charities after cycling 240 miles in his living room as part of Around The World in One Day challenge.

Blair had been hoping to raise £1 per mile when he took on the challenge on Thursday but far exceeded that, with his current total – once Gift Aid has been included – now standing at nearly £1,100.

He was among 80 cyclists around the country who completed the equivalent of an 18,000-mile journey between them on turbo trainers, matching the achievements of challenge organiser Mark Beaumont who cycled that distance around the world in 80 days.

Helping Blair keep up his motivation during the day-long challenge, which started in the early hours of the morning and finished at 7pm, were athletes and fellow coaches from the British Triathlon National Centre based at the University’s Sports Training Village.

“They joined me remotely on the cycling platform I was using throughout the day and it really did feel like I was riding outdoors with friends,” he said.

“I had a little bit of cramp towards the end but not too bad and I just tried to break the ride down into 50k chunks rather than focus on the end goal.

“I have had lots of very kind donations and that is what gives you the motivation to finish the job and not let anyone down. Thank you to everyone who has supported me and the World in a Day challenge.”

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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