Chris Leek completes Arch to Arc challenge to raise £1 million

The Orpington constituent Chris Leek (32) has broken a record for his completion of the 289-mile Arch-to-Arc triathlon. He finished the 87-mile run from London’s Marble Arch to Dover, the 21-mile swim through the English Channel and the subsequent 181-mile cycle from Calais to Paris’ Arc de Triomphe in 69 hours and 29 minutes, thereby beating the 2012 record of 73 hours and 39 minutes.

By completing this challenge, Chris hopes to raise £1 million in support of the work Parkinson’s UK, the Lewy Body Society and Orpington’s Saxon Day Centre do for people like his father Dennis, who suffers from Parkinson’s and Lewy Body Dementia.

In June, Jo met Chris and his father Dennis at the Saxon Day Centre to learn more about the vital support the centre provides, and to discuss Chris’ triathlon preparations.

Following the news about Chris success, Jo said: “During our conversation in June it became very clear that Chris had chosen to support charities very close to his heart. This is why I am absolutely delighted to hear that Chris has not only completed the set challenge, but broke a world record while doing so. Congratulations, Chris!”