25th September 2006



A part-time lecturer at the Hull School of Health and Social Care is no doubt recovering today after achieving fourth place in the European 24 hour race Championships in Verona, Italy over the weekend.


Jim Rogers, a specialist ultra-long-distance runner, was one of two British athletes attending the event in which competitors run around a track for 24 hours; the winner being the athlete who has covered the greatest distance.


Jim completed a total distance of 146.66 miles to secure fourth place on his international debut, just under 12 miles behind the eventual winner Vladimir Bychkov of Russia.


The lecturer’s remarkable running career began in back in 1982, when, after watching the London Marathon on television he bet a friend that he could complete the 26 mile distance.


Since then Jim has notched up a wide range of achievements; a former UK trail-running champion, he has also completed charity runs to London from both Hull and Glasgow and taken part in races across the Sahara Desert.


With a gruelling training regime behind him Jim was quietly confident before he travelled to Italy for the event; “I have trained hard over the summer, putting in a hundred miles a week, and so I am hoping to put out a respectable performance.”



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