Spartan challenger Daniel takes on tough test in younger brother’s memory

Daniel Lester with brother Edward
Daniel Lester with brother Edward

A 20-year-old man is taking on a tough challenge in memory of his younger brother.

Daniel Lester, from Milton Ernest, has signed up for the Spartan Race Trifecta, a demanding obstacle course, and is raising funds for Keech Hospice Care.

Daniel Lester on the Spartan challenge

Daniel Lester on the Spartan challenge

He took the opportunity to help the hospice which cared for his brother Edward, who died just before Christmas last year, aged 16.

Daniel has always been interested in keeping fit and is now to face the Trifecta, which involves completing each of the Spartan distance - the Sprint, Super and Beast - within a calendar year.

Daniel said: “Edward had a challenging life resulting from problems he developed a few weeks after being born. This resulted in cerebral palsy, making him unable to talk or walk. This did not stop him being the happiest boy in the world, always laughing and interacting with us all.

“Losing Edward took its toll on my family and me, but I feel as though taking on the Spartan Trifecta and pushing myself to my limits is doing him proud. I’m doing something positive and constructive with my emotions.”

Daniel completed the Cambridgeshire Spartan Sprint of 3 miles on Saturday, September 5 and he faces the South Super, of 8 miles, on Sunday, September 20, and finally the South Beast (13 miles) Sunday, September 27.

He added: “It was great fun doing the Spartan Sprint and I felt a huge sense of accomplishment once I’d finished.

“I know the next two races are going to be tough but I’m really looking forward to them. I’m sure Edward would be smiling, seeing me covered in mud and jumping over fire!”

Daniel has raised around £270 since he signed up his Spartan Race Trifecta.

To find out more about his story or to make a donation, please visit www.justgiving.com/Dan-Lester

To find out more about Spartan Race, visit www.spartanraceuk.uk