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September 06, 2005

Running for Simon

22-year old English teacher Simon Britten was the picture of health when he arrived from New Zealand in 2003 to teach English in Hiroshima. His hobby was the triathalon, and just a couple of months after arriving he entered an event and finished second. The next challenge was to be the Olympic-length Sagishima Triathalon. But just three days before the event, he began having health problems and he had to withdraw. Still, he visited the island and promised to take part the following year. But the diagnosis was lung cancer and as his condition deteriorated, he returned to New Zealand in January 2004. He died the following March. This year, Simon's father and brother, later joined by six of his former teaching colleagues, decided to take part in the event in his place. The triathalon took place in Mihara City last weekend.

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