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.”
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 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.