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Marathon men smash it

Simon Couchman has achieved a Guinness World Record for the Fastest marathon dressed as an astronaut at the London Marathon 2014

Simon Couchman has achieved a Guinness World Record for the Fastest marathon dressed as an astronaut at the London Marathon 2014

Two Preston businessmen have broken world records by completing the London Marathon in fancy dress.

Kevin Hunt, managing director of family business, Lawrence Hunt & Co and Simon Couchman, creative director at Preston-based company ICG, completed the iconic race dressed as a charity logo and an astronaut respectively, breaking the world records for the fastest male dressed as a logo and the fastest time dressed as an astronaut.

Kevin, who has run the last three London Marathons for Breast Cancer Campaign following his wife Andrea’s successful treatment for breast cancer in 2010, said: “When I read you could register for a Guinness World Record attempt at the London marathon I saw it as a challenge and extra publicity for the charity.

“I had to beat four hours 30 minutes, so to manage three hours 37 minutes was very satisfying.

“I am close to raising £5,000 for the charity and my three year total will be very close to £55,000.”

Simon, completed the iconic race in a commendable three hours, eight minutes and 45 seconds – eleven minutes quicker than the current world record.

Wife, Jennifer, and daughter, Genevieve, were there to welcome Simon across the finish line who was dubbed the ‘asthmanaut,’ as he pounded the streets of London dressed head-to-toe in a bright orange astronaut costume, helmet included, to raised over £1,500 for Asthma UK.

He said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that not only did I break the world record by eleven minutes, I’ve raised vital funds for a charity which is very close to my heart”.

“Although it was a perfect day weather wise, I did start to feel the heat in the costume a couple of hours in to the race, but hearing the crowds chant ‘Space Man’ certainly boosted morale and spurred me on.

Simon chose to support the charity after suffering with the condition all his life. It was so severe that in his younger days he wasn’t able to take part in any sports in school or run any distance.

 

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