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Madeleine's father in charity race

Gerry McCann, the father of the missing schoolgirl Madeleine McCann, has completed a gruelling race to raise money for charity.

The doctor, whose daughter was almost four when she disappeared in Portugal in May 2007, described the Virgin Active London Triathlon as "incredibly hard", but said he drew strength from supporting Missing People.

Madeleine went missing from her family's holiday flat in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz, as her parents dined out with friends at a nearby restaurant.

Mr McCann, of Rothley, Leicestershire, finished the course of swimming, cycling and running in under two-and-a-half hours.

He said: "It was incredibly hard, especially the bike. But taking part in the triathlon was an amazing and emotional experience.

"What kept me going is the thought of being able to help the charity Missing People support other families living with the very different pain of having a missing loved one.

"A huge huge thank you to everyone who sponsored me. Every step I took, every push on the pedal and every stroke I swam I did to help families of missing people."

Mr McCann wore a white swimming cap and a wetsuit for the 1,500m swim in London's Royal Victoria Dock, before cycling and running in a black and green costume.

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