Sorry to say that I failed to get the record yesterday – Guinness set a target of 5hrs and I only managed 5:19. Doubtless that somebody tougher and more talented than me would have succeeded but I’m sure loads of people would have packed in the circumstances that I was faced with. The problems attacked me on a number of fronts: It was hot and even “normal” runners were struggling in the heat; it was so hot and sweaty in that thing; the potato head body was very cramped so that I couldn’t drink very well or even look at my watch; the edges of the shell continually hit me on the temple and nose; the structure needed me to stabilise it by holding it still 100% of the time; with 40,000 runners there were lots of walkers to dodge and I only completed 20yards (yes yards) of test running before the start of the marathon. There are lessons to be learned for sure…
I stuck to the spirit of things though and tried to run as quickly as possible without too much whingeing. I completed the course in a totally homemade costume and crowds loved what I was trying to do. Sponsorship has been brilliant and the link is on the Supporting Others page if I can still twist your arm.
I have unfinished business and plan to go back in order to redeem myself.
Many thanks indeed – more photos to follow so get yer darts sharpened…
Jeff adds …think you should add these tweets to Bob’s report. Was fun watching the various media coverage he was getting!