Congratulations must go to Capt Mark Gibbs, trainee Ammunition Technical Officer as he smashes not one but two Guinness World Records!
The original plan was to go for the fastest half marathon in full UK bomb suit at the Bath Half in early March, the weather had different ideas leading the event to be cancelled because of the snow. Mark and his support team were still determined to try for the world record, having already broken one for the fastest mile.
This first record was set at 7 min 24.21 sec and was achieved by Mark in Perth, Scotland on 22 December 2017. The record attempt was held at the George Duncan Athletics Arena and served as a warm up for the half marathon.
On the 19 March at the athletics track in Tidworth, after clearing the running track of yet more snow Mark and the team set off. In order to stop from overheating, Mark had to stop after every 12 laps to take on water and cool down, the team had rehearsed this as skilfully as any F1 team and 53 laps later it was all over in a record breaking time of 2 hours and 23 mins. The record is still awaiting Guinness approval, but there is no argument that he smashed the time.
Just after finishing his run, Mark Gibbs said; “we put in the training to break the record and we’ve done that. I couldn’t have done it without the team.”
The whole purpose of this challenge was to raise funds for Felix Fund – the bomb disposal charity. Their initial target was £2,500 but to date they have raised an amazing £5,051.46, all of which will go towards helping the men and women of the bomb disposal and search community.
Melanie Moughton, CEO of Felix Fund said: “this was a tremendous effort by Mark and the whole of the ATO course, 7 months of physical training whilst attending an intensive course at Shrivenham. We are hugely grateful for their support and the awareness this has brought for the charity.”