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RUNNERS and rowers are being challenged to help clock up 500 miles and sign on to the organ donor register.

Watch manager Stuart Vince, of Eastleigh, and firefighter Phil Jackson, of Cosham fire station, will be running from Portsmouth’s Queen Alexandra Hospital to Land’s End.

Then they will row back from Penzance to Gunwharf Quays.

Their hard work hopes to encourage more people to become organ donors and raise money for Portsmouth and Southampton hospitals.

Each day the pair will be averaging 26 miles for the marathon challenge, which is due to start on May 20.

Today the pair will be at the Nuffield Health Fitness and Wellbeing Centre, in Northern Parade, Portsmouth.

They are asking people to cycle or row and have their miles added up to reach 500 – what the firefighters will be doing in their challenge.

They will also be encouraging people to sign on to the donor register.

The challenge has been inspired by Stuart after he donated one of his kidneys to family friend Michael Paxman.

The 19-year-old was over the moon when Stuart was found to be a match.

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