Six of the best try marathon challenge
The Times 18/12/02
men and two women were selected yesterday to try to duplicate
an historic endurance feat of walking 1,000 miles in 1,000
hours, and then immediately running the Flora London Marathon.
the British sports man Captain Allardyce Barclay earned almost
£3 million in today's money in bets when he covered
one mile every hour non-stop for 1,000 hours.
On March 2 the
competitors will start walking or running the London Marathon course
for almost six weeks. They will eat and snatch brief periods of
sleep on an adapted bus.
who were selected from 170 applicants, will receive £6 for
every mile covered and bonus of £1,000 for completing the
1,000 miles. Bonuses will also be given for their marathon performance.
one of the competitors, who this year walked the London and New
Year marathons wearing a 120lb diving suit, said: "It has caught
all our imaginations to try to do what Captain Barclay did and he
did not have the benefit of modern preparation and dietary knowledge."
lost 32lb in weight during his effort, but recovered sufficiently
to leave for the Napoleonic Wars eight days later.
Rory Coleman: 40, 6ft, 12st 12lb.
Lives in Long Eaton. Has set treadmill world records, including
covering 283 miles in a week. Has completed 345 marathons. Works
as a business manager in a printing firm.
31, 5ft 2in, 7st 9lb.
Lives in London. Has run a marathon in 2hr 40mins. Will take part
in the Miami Tropical Marathon in February as preparation. Works
in a sports shop.
39, 5ft 4in, 7st 9lb.
Lives in Guisborough, Cleveland. Ranked fifth in world at ultra
distance-running, having covered 135 miles in 24 hours. Works as
a remedial masseur.
25, 6ft 2in, 12st 10lb,
Lives in Aldershot, Hampshire. Believes training in Army to cope
with sleep deprivation will help. Lieutenant in Royle Welch Fusiliers.
41, 6ft 2in, 17st 1lb.
From Rainham, Essex. Has completed both the Everest and the 145-miles
Sahara Desert Marathon. Former professional goalkeeper with Leyton
Orient. Works as a charity fundraiser.
56, 6ft 1in, 12st 12lb.
From South Africa. Has finished 440 marathons, including running
the London Marathon course three times non-stop in 1999. A company
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