Radio presenter takes up challenges for good cause

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RADIO presenter Mark Collins is set to embark upon two gruelling challenges for a worthy cause.

Wave 105’s Mark Collins will pound the streets of Portsmouth in the 10 mile Bupa Great South Run on October 30.

He will then take part in a 328km cycle ride across South East Asia, from Vietnam to Cambodia, on November 12.

Mark hopes his efforts will raise more than £5,000 for Wave 105’s Cash for Kids charity.

To get fit for the cause, he has started a training routine which includes cycling, six-mile runs and circuit sessions to build stamina.

Mark said: ‘I am an avid runner and cycler but these are going to be a huge challenges for me.

‘I have said that if I hit my £5,000 target, I’ll eat a deep-fried tarantula which are sold as snacks on the roadside in South East Asia.

‘I have supported the worthy charity for many years now, helping underprivileged children in the south.’ To raise funds for the overseas trip Mark recently hosted pop quiz evenings at pubs across Hampshire.

He said: ‘The response has been overwhelming. So much so that I’ve had to limit the numbers of venues, otherwise I’d be out and about every night with no time left for training.’