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A CHARITY marathon with a twist raised money and set a world record.

Martin Chester, from Great Cornard, completed his 26.2-mile cross-trainer marathon at Sudbury’s Kingfisher Leisure Centre in just one hour, 48 minutes and 31 seconds on Tuesday.

He has so far managed to raise more than £300 for the Parachute Regiment Charity.

“It was really tough,” said Mr Chester. “I got to about 18 miles and my legs went numb, my feet were burning and I didn’t know whether I would finish, but I dug in and got there.”

He was cheered on by his two sons, Alex and Jason, who helped collect £93 during the marathon. Jason is a serving member of the parachute regiment.

The time has been logged with Record Holders Republic, which has told Mr Chester it will recognise his achievement as a world record, as no time has yet been registered for a cross-trainer marathon.

But far from resting on his laurels, he is already planning his next charity lung-buster.

“I’m going to do a gym triathlon around March,” he said. “Using a rowing machine, cross-trainer and bike, I’m aiming to do 36 miles in three hours, with an hour on each.”

To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/martin-chester.