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Monger takes on Red Nose Day Challenge

Billy Monger holding a red nose
Billy Monger holding a red nose Image credit: eveningexpress.co.uk

Racing driver double amputee Billy Monger has signed up for a 140-mile triathlon to support this year’s Red Nose Day.

The 21-year-old lost both legs in a racing accident at the British F4 race in 2017, but his disability never stopped his sporting passion.

Later this month Monger will take on a long hike, kayak freezing cold waters and enduring bike treks within four days before completing the challenge at a site his more familiar with, Brands Hatch Circuit.

Billy’s gruelling challenges will see him cover a total distance of 140 miles.

He told PA news agency: “What attracted me to do this was the fact I want to keep pushing myself and what I can achieve. After my accident it was a long road back, I was lucky that I was surrounded by close family, friends and received such amazing support from people.

“Throughout the challenge, I know I’ll need people to get behind me again to get me through and I’ll keep in mind that with every step, every mile it will help support those who need it most.”

Monger has quite a challenge on his hands, he has never stepped foot in a kayak or cycled since his accident.

“I’m going to have to get the hang of the gear pretty quickly, especially to cover the distances that we’re doing. So, it’s nerve-wracking but it’s exciting,” he said

His challenge will be shown in an hour-long documentary in the lead up to Red Nose Day on BBC One.

The charity, supported by Comic Relief, supports people in the UK suffering from domestic abuse, mental health, homelessness and hunger as well as helping people living in the world’s poorest countries.

To see where the money goes Billy visited Fight 4 Change, a project which provides mental health support and mentoring for young people through boxing related activities.

Monger said: “I loved seeing how donations to Red Nose Day have been helping Fight 4 Change. I’m so grateful to the team there for showing me the amazing work they do and telling me how sport has such a positive impact on young people’s lives and helped them get through incredibly tough times.”

Red Nose Day 2021 is on Friday March 19 for more information visit the charity’s website.