Feeling flushed after record breaking marathon

Malvern Gazette: Bowled over - Record breaker Marcus Mumford said the support from the crowds managed to help him when he was feeling "bogged down". (s) Bowled over - Record breaker Marcus Mumford said the support from the crowds managed to help him when he was feeling "bogged down". (s)

A RUNNER made sure he was not caught short to take his place in the Guinness Book of Records for the fastest marathon runner dressed as a toilet.

Amateur athlete Marcus Mumford took part in the potty challenge to enter the record books after being sponsored by AndyLoos, based on Hartlebury Trading Estate.

The 35-year-old from Worcester proved he was no flash in the pan though managing to cross the finishing line in two hours, 57 minutes and 54 seconds raising over £1,700 for Water Aid.

Mr Mumford said he felt "bogged down" at around the 15 mile mark but kept going thanks to the support of the crowds.

“The money raised so far has the potential to change the lives of a whole community by providing them with a clean water supply and improved sanitation. "My efforts were a small price to pay to help provide such essential services.

“I’d like to thank everyone who donated and for the thousands of spectators throughout the course who cheered me on, especially when the going got really tough at around the 15 mile mark and I felt completely bogged down."

“I’d also like to thank AndyLoos for all their support during the build up to the race and for the very generous donation.”

Mr Mumford was up against three other people dressed up as cisterns but put his success down to being the first out of the 'toilet' blocks.

He is collecting donations online at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/toiletman.

Simon Rogers, 44, from Stourport-On-Severn also took part in the iconic marathon on Sunday (April 13).

Mr Rogers managed to raise over £1,350 for Parkinson’s UK after he completed the 26.2 mile challenge in three hours and 55 minutes.

The marathon took place on the last day of Parkinson’s Awareness Week and Mr Rogers was one of a 225-strong team of athletes running for Parkinson’s UK.

The charity hopes to raise over £315,000 from the event.

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