Blue Peter star looks for challengers

BLUE Peter and Strictly Come Dancing star Gethin Jones is looking for challengers to compete in the First Capital Connect (FCC) Duathlon in Verulamium Park. The 30-year-old presenter has signed up to take part in the first FCC Mini Monster event which wi

BLUE Peter and Strictly Come Dancing star Gethin Jones is looking for challengers to compete in the First Capital Connect (FCC) Duathlon in Verulamium Park.

The 30-year-old presenter has signed up to take part in the first FCC Mini Monster event which will be held in the St Albans park this Sunday to raise money for Save the Children.

Gethin, who reached the final three on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, said he was really looking forward to the event as it would be a great way to get active and raise money for charity as well as a cracking day out.

He added: "I have just been checking out the Verulamium Park route and I am pleased that it won't be anywhere near as gruelling as the 50km march I once did with the Royal Marines."


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People of all ages and level of fitness can take part in the Mini Monster duathlon. Competitors can chose between a one-and-a-half or three-kilometre run and a five or 10-kilometre cycle ride.

The winning teams of four will be offered free entry to the main First Monster Event, a 120km duathlon around the shores of Loch Ness, Scotland, on September 13.

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Entries to the event are £5 per person and a quarter of the entry fee will go directly to Save the Children with the rest going towards covering FCC's costs.

Train operator FCC, which runs the Thameslink line through Harpenden, St Albans and Radlett, is part of parent company First Group.

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