Triathlon triumph for Dr Brown 

22/08/2012 00:00 

A UCLH doctor who ran, swam and cycled his way to Paris is raising thousands of pounds for new research into lung cancer.
 

Triomphe triumph!: Dr Jim Brown(centre) with his brother Paul (left) and their friend Rob Thomas who have each chosen a charity. 


Dr Jim Brown, a clinician and clinical research fellow, is involved in developing new ways of detecting the disease at an early stage and took up the ‘Arch to Arc’ triathlon challenge for a new charity called ‘Lungs for Living’.
 
It was recently established by his PhD supervisor Dr Sam Janes, a UCL/UCLH consultant chest physician, under the umbrella of UCLH Charitable Foundation.
 
Jim and two team mates completed the journey in relay: a 90 mile run from London’s Marble Arch to Dover, followed by a 22 mile swim across the English Channel and then a 180 mile cycle to Paris.
 
Following 54 hours without sleep, they toasted their success with champagne at the Arc de Triomphe before heading back to London.
 
Jim, who treats patients from T8, the endoscopy unit and MacMillan Cancer Centre, said: “Lung cancer is the worlds leading cause of cancer death however our approach to treatment has changed in the past five years – new mutations have been identified and targeted drug treatment is having an affect on the disease. Our new charity will help maintain UCLH/UCL at the cutting edge of lung cancer research.”
 
His other team members were raising money for Help for Heroes and Trinity Hospice.
 
The trio trained long and hard for the ultra triathlon – overcoming huge hurdles en route.

Jim swimming the Channel as part of the triathlon
 
Jim swimming the Channel as part of the triathlon


Jim said:  “Preparing to swim the channel was the most daunting part of the challenge; a year ago I couldn’t swim two lengths of a 50 meter pool without stopping. It was hard work getting to the stage where I can swim 10km without a break, but the chilly hours spent sea training in February and March paid off!”
 
Dr Sam Janes commented: “Lung cancer has historically been under funded for research and unlike the other major cancers there has been little improvement in prognosis in the past few decades, we hope that researching new strategies for early detection will help shift the balance.”
 
For more information or to sponsor the team go to their Virgin Money link.

 

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