Royal Marines

'Rowing Royal Marine' to become first person to attempt unique triathlon

A former Royal Marine who lost his leg in an accident is set to take on a triathlon that has never been attempted before.

Lee Spencer will start the gruelling challenge, called the Triathlon of Great Britain, by swimming the English Channel.

He will then cycle the length of Great Britain from Land's End to John O'Groats – stopping en route to climb the highest peaks in England and Wales.

	Former Royal Marine Lee Spencer, who is set to take on a never-before-attempted triathlon
Lee Spencer will start his challenge by swimming the English Channel (Picture: Anthony Upton for Lee Spencer).

The final leg of the triathlon will see the veteran, who cannot run due to a severely damaged knee, undertake a marathon on foot.

Mr Spencer will start in the Highlands at Glen Nevis, Fort William, travel over Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK, and finish at the Commando Memorial in Lochaber.

According to his website, the driving force behind the Triathlon of Great Britain is to prove that "no-one should be defined by disability". 

He was a committed fundraiser for military charities before his accident, and continues to raise funds for the Royal Marines Charity.

The challenge comes after the former marine became part of the world's first physically disabled crew of four to row any ocean.

He then went on to become the world's first physically disabled person to row from mainland Europe to South America.

His experiences at sea have seen him nicknamed 'The Rowing Marine'.