Great Wall Marathon to be held in Tianjin on May 18

Updated: 2013-04-30
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A STUDENT from the University of Nottingham's Chinese campus is to take part in a marathon.

Rob Avery-Phipps, 21, who is studying a master's in international relations at the Ningbo campus, is planning to run the Great Wall Marathon in the Chinese city of Tianjin.

The marathon, on Saturday May 18, is run on the Huangya Pass section of the famous wall and involves negotiating 5,164 stone steps, as well as many steep ascents and descents.

Rob hopes to raise more than £1,000 for End Polio Now – a charity aiming to eradicate polio worldwide.
Originally from Nottingham, Rob, a keen runner, is excited for his first marathon attempt.

He said: "The Great Wall Marathon is a lot tougher than other courses, thanks to the thousands of stone steps competitors have to negotiate. What's difficult is that there's nowhere in Ningbo that has similar-sized steps in such vast quantities for me to train on."
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