23 Oct

Fantastic Five Set World Record

Abingdon Marathon

The relationship you have with a fellow club runner can be a close one; you spend several hours per week training together, rejoice on the completion of your first marathon and provide support if you suffer a DNF. Last weekend, five runners from Oxfordshire took this connection one stage further however when they completed Abingdon marathon.

The quintet, members of Oxford City AC and Abingdon AC, were tied at the waist with elastic chords for the duration of the 26.2 miles. Even more impressive is the fact the runners completed the marathon in 2:57:06, a time - once confirmed - that will see them set a new Guinness World Record.

In addition to setting a world record, the group were raising money for Oxfordshire charity Mates 'n' Dates, a charity that organises social events for adults with learning disabilities. As of yesterday, they had raised £1,500.

One of the team members, Les Newell, said: "It feels amazing to have a world record - unbelieveable. It is a great feeling - we have gone around the course a couple of times in training and we ran out in Cornmarket Street in Oxford together which raised a few eyebrows."

The marathon itself drew in over 700 competitors in what was its 30th staging. Paul Fernandez of Abingdon Amblers AC took first place with a time of 2:32:02, with Mark Greenwood second (2:33:53), and James Bolton third in 2:34:06.