Swindon fitness trainer Les Slinn took 25 minutes off the Guinness World Record for a London marathon runner dressed as a Roman soldier on 17 April, completing the course in 4 hours and 5 minutes.
He had decided to continue the Roman theme after pulling Mutliple Sclerosis sufferer Samantha Mulvey in a wheelchair chariot around the Swindon half marathon course with a team of centurions from the Les Slinn Fitness Studio last October. Running without his troop, but with 35,000 other elite and not so quick runners, he was both attempting to break the world record and to raise money for Swindon Therapy Centre for MS and Swindon Downs Syndrome Support Group.
He said, "yesterday was very hot especially with the uniform on. After a mile I had sweat dripping from my tunic so as you can imagine what it was like once I finished. It was a great day though and even more special seeing that I was supporting two great Swindon charities."
The MS Centre has to raise £100,000 annually to run its premises in Westlea and the Downs support group has to raise over £16,000 every year to enable children to receive additional weekly speech and language therapy classes.
In June Les and other members of his fitness studio will be taking part in the annual MS Challenge.
Help Les raise money for Downs support at: www.justgiving.com/les-slinn.
Assist the MS Centre at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LesSlinn
Les, pictured above with his Guinness World Record certificate. Below, before the London marathon with members of the Swindon Down’s Group