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Athlete honours his dad with London to Paris race record

A BEER salesman has smashed one of the toughest world records in honour of his dad.

Chris Leek (pictured) ran from London to Dover, swam the Channel and cycled from Calais to Paris, all in 69 hours and 29 minutes.

He cut four hours off the record for the ‘Arch to Arc’ — from Marble Arch to the Arc de Triomphe.

His father Dennis, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, was at the finish line to see him complete the 289-mile challenge in aid of charities including Parkinson’s UK.

Mr Leek, 32, from Orpington, Kent, had eight months of intense training. But his record looked in doubt after he mistimed his arrival at the Channel and spent three hours drifting along the French coast on the tide.

After a ride that made up time, he said: ‘That was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. I can’t believe it’s over. I’m tired, proper tired.’

He has raised more than £46,000.