Bomb hero in villages run

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AN Army bomb disposal expert will be pounding the lanes of north Essex in a bid to break an unusual world record.

Cpl Dan Skelly and hundreds of runners in the Halstead and Essex Marathon on May 8 will make their way through the countryside around Pebmarsh, Twinstead and Alphamstone.

But unlike the others, Dan, 28, will not be wearing running shorts and vest. Instead, he will be in his work outfit – a bomb disposal suit weighing 55lb.

“Work conflicts meant that I’ve had to rule out the Edinburgh and London marathons, but the generous folk at Halstead and Essex running club have kindly allowed me to run in their marathon,” he said.

The Edinburgh-based ammunition technician plans to get round the course in under six hours and 30 minutes to claim the record of fastest marathon in a bomb disposal suit, raising £5,000 for the Army Benevolent Fund along the way.

Keith Thorogood, chairman of race organisers Halstead Road Runners, said: “The club members of Halstead Road Runners feel privileged to support Dan Skelly in his world record attempt at the Halstead and Essex Marathon.

“We wish him every success in his quest to break the record and hope residents will come out on marathon day to support him.”

The event starts at Halstead Leisure Centre at 10am. For details and a race map, visit halsteadroadrunners.net.

l Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/Bomb-Suit-Marathon.