Captain Mark Gibbs Trainee Ammunition Technical Officer (ATO) Defence Academy Shrivenham Bomb Disposal Suit

Running a half marathon in shorts and a t-shirt is off-putting for most without adding wearing a bomb suit to make it even harder.

Captain Mark Gibbs, a trainee Ammunition Technical Officer (ATO) from the Defence Academy in Shrivenham, has set his sights on gaining the Guinness World Record for running the fastest half marathon in an extremely heavy and hot bomb suit to raise money for bomb disposal charity the Felix Fund.

“The suit itself weighs 55 pounds and the helmet is an extra 10 pounds on top of that.

“To get the world record you have to wear the helmet and the suit so that equates to 30 kilograms.”

Guinness World Record Attempt

We've had lots of people asking more about Captain Mark Gibbs' upcoming Guinness World Record attempt - to run the quickest half marathon in a Bomb Disposal Suit. More on his story BFBS Brize Norton all this week, but take a look for yourselves here... Felix Fund - The Bomb Disposal Charity BFBS Radio

Posted by BFBS Brize Norton on Thursday, 1 February 2018

 

Captain Gibbs will be supported by the men and women on course number 58 along the 13.1-mile route at this year’s Bath half marathon on March 4.

But hold on, it gets worse. If you are hot while running, you can usually rely on a breeze cooling you down. There will be no chance of that during this half marathon.

“Because of how the suit is made, there’s no heat dissipation whatsoever and that actually is the main problem.”

Captain Mark Gibbs Trainee Ammunition Technical Officer (ATO) Defence Academy Shrivenham Bomb Disposal Suit

Captain Gibbs and his team have been training together up to three times a week, increasing their pace and distance and in the course of their training, Mark has already smashed the World Record for the fastest mile in a bomb suit.

You can support Captain Gibbs by donating via his JustGiving page.

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