Jamie Chapman on the road to make history


Jamie Chapman is set to make sporting history by becoming the first-ever Jewish entrant into the new London Classics Hall of Fame.

To achieve the honour, members must have taken part in the three major London events — the London Marathon, the Prudential Ride 100 cycle challenge and the Serpentine swim, a gruelling two-miles twice around the famous lake in Hyde Park.

Chapman, who lives in Barnet with wife Claire and children Gideon, 10 and Megan 8, does it all for charity and has already raised more than £5,000 for the Royal Society for Blind Children.

He ran his second London Marathon earlier this year and last month competed in the 100-mile cycle ride from the London Olympic Stadium to Surrey and back to The Mall.

The previous week, Chapman took part in the London Triathlon, achieving personal bests in all three events, road running, swimming and cycling, though this event does not count towards the Hall of Fame.

But once Chapman, who heads the project department at a sports consultancy company, completes his 
Serpentine swim next month, he will be entered in the Hall of Fame and awarded a specially struck medal. Chapman, who decided to attempt the strength-sapping events to mark his 40th birthday year, said: “My wife is my greatest fan and thinks I am mad doing all this, but I love the challenge.

“It involves a lot of training. I am up at 6am every morning to go to the gym or road-running before work, and one morning each week I train for the swimming event in the Stanborough Park lake in Welwyn Garden City. And just for good measure I’m even taking part in the Brussels to Paris cycling classic early next month.”

Chapman is also looking forward to yet another challenge starting soon… managing the Maccabi London Lions Under-11 Yellows football team. And he said: “There’s never a dull moment.”

Hugh Brasher, London Marathon Events director said: “The London 
Classics are set to be one of the world’s great sporting challenges.”

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