Twelve runners have embarked upon the challenge of traversing the tip of Scotland (John O’Groats) to the boot of England (Land’s End) in fewer than six days. The team, running in aid of Children’s Alzheimer’s charity, Niemann-Pick Research, will pass through the Midlands today (1 May).
The distance equates to around 1500k (923 miles) and means each person will need to keep a 12km/hr pace and cover two-thirds of a marathon every day. It is estimated that each member will consume around 6,000 calories to fuel their challenge.
Having set off on Monday, the team will enter the Midlands today, the fourth day of relay, travelling through the counties of Shropshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire, before going on to Gloucestershire and the South West on Saturday for the final days of the world record attempt.
One of the participants, Simon Crotty commented, “I’ve completed the London Marathon twice, once in 2011 and again last year, cycling from the west to the east coast of Scotland in 2013 so naturally another challenge was on the cards for 2015.”
Simon added: “A few of the parents from my children’s school were also talking about a challenge and we decided to do it together. We wanted something monumental so naturally a Guinness World record was an obvious choice and the length of Great Britain sounded fitting, too. When we heard about a teammate’s friend whose son suffers from Niemann-Pick we immediately agreed the record attempt would be in aid of the Children’s Alzheimer’s charity.”
The team are being supported by sports personalities such as Seb Coe, Tim Henman and Lawrence Dallaglio and TV presenter Clare Balding.
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