Two legs met two wheels as Shaun Scott ran the Gloucester Winter Marathon (Sunday 14 January) while carrying a bike in his bid to set a new Guinness World Record. This is one of several challenges by Scott as preparation for London Marathon.
Dr Shaun Scott is a consultant anaesthetist at the Churchill Hospital, Oxford and a fundraiser for the Fire Fighters Charity. He has a great deal of respect and admiration for the courage shown by firefighters and the often harrowing situations they have to deal with on a daily basis. Many of them develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result and require help from this charity to rebuild their lives.
Shaun carried an 8kg road bike over his shoulder – it wasn’t fastened to his body in accordance with the rules and was accompanied by Kevin Biles and Angie Sadler who provided food and encouragement throughout. There was further encouragement from the other runners, race organiser Norman Wilson (Beyond the Limitations) and his team and marshals who cheered him around the course on a cold, overcast day.
This isn’t the first time Shaun Scott has run with a bike: in 2017 he completed the Blenheim 10K, Oxford Half Marathon and Portsmouth Great South Run while carrying his 15kg fixie. Shaun only started running in April 2017 but hard work and determination meant he crossed the finish line in 4:51:30. He awaits confirmation of his attempt from Guinness World Records.
In keeping with the world record theme, the ‘Godfather’ of marathon running Steve Edwards completed his 810th race at Gloucester in a time of 3:27:38. This was his 86th sub 3:30 marathon.
Photo courtesy of Lorraine Beesley.