Adrenaline-seeker James is also a champion for charity

James Anderson, 21,  from Fratton who has raised money for WaterAid after running 40km in 40cm of water carrying 40lb in weight.  Picture: Sarah Standing (113987-2372)

James Anderson, 21, from Fratton who has raised money for WaterAid after running 40km in 40cm of water carrying 40lb in weight. Picture: Sarah Standing (113987-2372)

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Student James Anderson knows how to make a splash for charity as he ran 40km in 40cm of water, carrying 40lbs on his back.

The 21-year-old got the idea to do the 40-40-40 challenge while he was running from Canterbury to Rome.

For these great challenges, James is this week’s We Can Do It T-shirt winner.

He said: ‘I heard about the challenge in Switzerland.

‘I met a man after my own heart who liked to hunt in -15C.

‘He said it was how the Israeli military train and, although I don’t know if that’s true, I thought it sounded like a good idea.’

James arrived home from his Rome run, where he raised money for the British Lung Foundation, and rested for three weeks before beginning his training.

This time he was raising money for Water Aid, a charity which tries to make sure the world’s poorest people have access to clean water.

‘I started rock climbing when I was 16 and went to Indonesia,’ added James, who is a student at the University of Portsmouth.

‘It was there I had my first glimpse of poverty.

‘And as much as I like the adrenaline rush from these challenges, it’s also a way to try to help other people out.’

His 40-40-40 challenge was held along Southsea seafront and he completed it in seven hours.

To donate money, visit justgiving.com/James-Saward-Anderson.

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