SIX friends are set to embark on an epic challenge to raise awareness and funds for charity.

In July this year Paul Clayton was diagnosed with mesothelioma – a type of cancer which is linked to asbestos exposure.

Following his diagnosis, his son Richard, decided he wanted to push himself to the limit to raise money for HASAG, a charity which has helped his dad.

As such the 35-year-old along with five close friends will run and cycle from Queen Charlotte hospital to Basingstoke.

The Beggarwood resident said the idea was to start somewhere that means a lot to his dad.

Richard said: “We are starting where dad grew up so it has that sentimental value to it, and gives a reminder why we are doing it right from the start.”

The group will set out at 6am on November 23 before making way to Twickenham stadium – Paul’s favourite sporting ground – where they will complete a Spartan race.

The challenge will end with a cycle from the home of English rugby to the Golden Lion in Jays Close.

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