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Cystic fibrosis sufferer Josh Llewellyn-Jones completes 400-mile challenge from Dover

A man with cystic fibrosis has completed his goal in swimming ,cycling and running nearly 400 miles for charity.

He also broke his target of £20,000, raising £20,365 or 101%.

Josh Llewellyn-Jones at Dover District Leisure Centre on Monday Picture: PFP Leisure
Josh Llewellyn-Jones at Dover District Leisure Centre on Monday Picture: PFP Leisure

Josh Llewellyn-Jones began his challenge at Dover District Leisure Centre on Monday.

He reached his final destination, his home city of Cardiff, this afternoon.

He told followers on his Facebook page: "I can’t quite believe it. I made it. Thank you so much for the incredible support.

" What an experience, I’ll never forget."

Josh Llewellyn-Jones during his swim in Dover. Picture: PFP Leisure
Josh Llewellyn-Jones during his swim in Dover. Picture: PFP Leisure

His effort was for CF Warriors and the children's charity Rays of Sunshine.

Mr Llewelly-Jones, 32, swam 21 miles, the equivalent of the length of the English Channel, at the Whitfield leisure centre on the Monday morning.

That afternoon he started a 200-mile cycle from Dover to St James' Palace, London, via Portsmouth.

He arrived in London on next day and shortly afterwards started a 160-mile run to Cardiff, ending at its Millennium Stadium.

He covered an exact total of 381 miles.

Mr Llewellyn-Jones began his challenge at the new Dover leisure centre Picture: Paul Amos.
Mr Llewellyn-Jones began his challenge at the new Dover leisure centre Picture: Paul Amos.

When Mr Llwellyn-Jones was born doctors told his parents he had a 10% chance of surviving and would be lucky to reach the age of 30.

Yet even before this challenge he was a world record breaker, after lifting millions of kilograms in 24 hours in the 2018 Wales Pride of Britain competition.

This year he was awarded an OBE for services for cystic fibrosis awareness.

Mr Llewellyn-Jones set up CF Warriors in 2017 as a charity raising awareness of the benefits of sport and exercise for cystic fibrosis sufferers.

Last year he was appointed as ambassador for Rays of Sunshine, a charity that brightens the lives of seriously ill children by granting their wishes.

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited condition that causes sticky mucus to build up in the lungs and digestive system.

This causes lung infections and problems in digesting food, according to the NHS website.

The condition usually shows itself in early childhood and worsens over the years.

It is incurable but treatment can help control symptoms and prevent or reduce complications.

The average lifespan for adults with CF is 37 but the oldest recorded person with the illness in Britain has been a woman of 79.

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