Marathon ‘metal’ to be tested

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

AN Army sergeant will take on the Vir­gin Money Lon­don Marathon wear­ing a metal suit of ar­mour — as a heat­wave is fore­cast.

Paul Bed­dows, 33, is fundrais­ing for the Armed Forces char­ity SSAFA and is try­ing to break the Guin­ness World Record for the “fastest marathon in a suit of ar­mour”.

The record, of six hours 46 min­utes 59 sec­onds, was set at the HC An­der­sen Marathon in Den­mark in 2008.

Sgt Bed­dows’ suit of ar­mour weighs 35kg and, ac­cord­ing to the Met Of­fice, tem­per­a­tures could reach 20C on race day on Sun­day.

“It seemed like a bril­liant idea at the time, but now the re­al­i­ties are sink­ing in,” said Sgt Bed­dows, of Sawtry, Cam­bridgeshire.

“I can’t just slip the ar­mour on and head out by my­self, I need help to get into it, and nearly ev­ery step I take in it hurts.

“But I have no doubt that I will fin­ish the marathon — and am qui­etly con­fi­dent that I’ll have a good chance of break­ing the record.”

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