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Athletic staff at Lydney Hospital are aiming to go the extra mile – or 603 extra miles to be exact – to raise money for local and national charities.

Nurses, health care assistants and therapists from the hospital are holding 13 hours of triathlon – swimming, cycling, running and walking – on Friday 20 November, and are aiming to cover the 603 mile length of Great Britain, from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

The day follows a similar event in 2013, when staff from the hospital set out to swim the equivalent of the English Channel and ended up covering nearly three times the distance, raising £2,500 for charity.

Staff will be swimming lengths between 8am and 9pm as well as clocking up miles on exercise bikes and wearing pedometers which measure the distance you walk or run.

Nurse Emily Richards, who has helped organise the event, said: “We’re using Whitemead’s pool in Park End all day and we have two bikes set up next to the pool as well.

“Covering 603 miles, even with everyone taking part, is going to be tough and we’ll need everyone we can get wearing a pedometer.

 “I’m confident that just about everyone working in the hospital that day will be taking part and contributing their miles!”

In order to ensure that the sponsored length of Britain represents everyone at the hospital, staff agreed to split the money raised between five charities. It will go to Great Oaks Hospice, Great Western Air Ambulance, Children’s Opportunity Centre, Royal British Legion and Teckles Animal Sanctuary.

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