The Army Cadet Force and its ambassadors successfully achieved not one, but two Guinness World Records (GWR) in one day.
On October 10, 2020, ambassadors Sally Orange and Jordan Wylie took on the 'deepest underground marathon' in the first half of the GWR attempts.
The 'Beneath The Surface' marathon was 1,000 meters below ground at ICL Boulby Mine in North Yorkshire. Talking after the event that helped raise awareness of World Mental Health Day, Sally Orange said:
"It was a unique and gruelling challenge for all involved that really demonstrates the power of what can be achieved when you reach out to support each other, which is the same as how poor mental health can to be managed.”
With only head torches to light the way and heat of up to 40 degrees it was not a straightforward run. They completed the marathon in 8 hours and 31 minutes.
While the ambassadors were underground, the cadets were completing their part of the challenge, to get the second Guinness World Record.
A total of 1,622 cadets and adult volunteers took part in the record for the 'most people completing an online mental health awareness course in 24 hours'.
Participants added their names to the record books. The course enabled them to learn skills around mental health awareness, to help combat stigma and discrimination.
Brigadier Stuart Williams OBE, spoke of the importance of mental health within the Army cadets. He said:
"I am in awe of our incredible Ambassadors for running the underground marathon and ever grateful to our Cadets and Adult Volunteers who took and passed the online mental health course and by doing so increased their understanding of this important subject.”