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Paul Webb

Around the World in 585 Days

running 7 marathons on 7 continents for Worldwide Cancer Research because I want to support their amazing work

126 %
raised of £20,000 target
by 240 supporters

Worldwide Cancer Research

We keep funding the search for answers to ensure no life is cut short by cancer

Charity Registration No. SC022918


Every day, hundreds of people are diagnosed with cancer. In the UK alone there are 2.5 million sufferers. In the fight against cancer we need to understand the root causes so that preventative measures or new cures can be developed. All over the world there are people who dedicate their life’s work to the advancement of medicine for the common good of mankind. I want to help these amazing people to carry out their invaluable research and for this reason I am trying to raise as much as I can for Worldwide Cancer Research. Worldwide Cancer Research recognises that the answers we all need in the fight against cancer will not come from one scientist in one lab. It will take the efforts and ground-breaking research of the world’s leading scientists. Worldwide cancer Research do not have their own labs and so the money they raise goes directly to supporting the world’s most creative and innovative researchers, wherever they may be. As a scientist I have firsthand experience of the immense cost of carrying out fundamental research. So please, if you can, give generously and help me to help the brilliant scientists to help you. All race entries and travel costs will be covered by me so that all donations go directly to funding cancer research. If you’d like to know a little bit more about my Around The World In 585 Days Challenge then carry on reading below. And if you like what you see, please spread the word. You can also follow my progress on a dedicated facebook page:



What is my Around The World in 585 Days challenge?

I will run a marathon on every continent starting with the London marathon on 13th April 2014 and finishing with the Antarctic ice marathon held in November 2015. In the time between these two marathons, 585 days, I will try to cover as much distance as is humanly possible while still holding down a full time job. The original idea was to travel the circumference of Earth but at 40,000 km that’s an unrealistic prospect. After a lie down, a cup of tea and a couple of deep breaths I decided that a virtual Pole to Pole journey of 20,000 km is not beyond the realms of possibility but it is still a task of gargantuan proportions; it is equivalent to 476 marathons. I will attempt to travel as far as possible towards this target by measuring the distance I run, cycle and swim from February 4th 2014 until the end of the Antarctic ice marathon. If you’re feeling brave, sadistic or both why not sponsor me for every 10 km or 100 km? 


My Progress

On World Cancer Day, February 4th 2014, I reset my watch so you can easily keep up with my progress by following the distance totals shown below.  I will also keep an updated list of events that I enter during the challenge. For the time being here is what I plan to do:


2 March The Meadows Half Marathon

13 April 2014 London Marathon

1 May 2014 Great Wall of China Marathon

25 May 2014 EMF Half Marathon 

13 September 2014 Jungfrau Marathon

2 November 2014 NYC Marathon 

3 April 2015 Marathon des Sables

26 April 2015 London Marathon

27 September 2015 Berlin Marathon

1 November Auckland Marathon

19 November 2015 Antarctic Ice Marathon


Progress since 4th February 2014 (last updated 2nd July 2015):


Total distance 6641 Km

495 activities in 492 hrs

Elevation gain of 67,583 m (8.4 times the height of Everest)

Calories 414,133 kcal (46 Kg pure fat = 234 blocks of Lurpak?)


Running 4338 km

Cycling 2281 km

Swimming 11 km


2PBs: Marathon 2:53:50; Half Marathon 1:20:27



  • Jungfrau marathon
  • NYC Marathon +5