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Barnsley Man Preparing For World Record Run

Thursday November 7 2013


Gavin Felton Gavin Felton


A BARNSLEY man is preparing to run a staggering 863 miles in just nine days to raise money for the town's hospice.

Gavin Felton, from Monk Bretton, will run from Lands End to John O'Groats and is chasing the Guinness World Record time of nine days, two hours and 21 minutes.

April 12 will see Gavin set off on his arduous journey after over two years in training.

Gavin, who is used to intense training having served in the army for 23 years, chose to run and raise funds for Barnsley Hospice as family members have been treated there.

"Barnsley Hospice is obviously a charity that is very close to my heart," he said. "It always amazes me that hospices remain charities and rely so heavily on fundraising because of all the good work they do."

The 44-year-old's herculean task will be tough but he's mentally and physically prepared for what's to come, having recently competed the Yorkshire Marathon last month - a doddle at just 26 miles long.

Gavin didn't simply drive there, run the marathon and come home, though. He did things a little unorthodox.

"I actually ran from Barnsley to York, then did the marathon," said the former Regimental Sergeant Major. "You go through peaks and troughs in running but if your mind tells you to give up you've just got to keep going."

Gavin took five hours and eight minutes to run the 40 miles to York, before resting up for three hours. 

He then finished the marathon in three hours and 20 minutes. Mr Felton, whose wife Victoria, 30, and two children, Harrison, seven, and Kiera, three, were in the crowd, has completed 48 road marathons as well as 19 cross-country marathons.

He's confident the staggering 863-mile run will go to plan - and remains focused on the time he has got to beat.

"Days four and five will be the key," he added. "Once I'm past Kendal it'll be a big mental lift as it's like you're on your second and final lap as it's the half way point."

Slow release energy foods such as Ready Brek and honey sandwiches are on the menu, but another stranger choice makes its way onto the list as well - baby food.

"It's horrible," admits Gavin.

We Are Barnsley will be following Gavin's run, so stay tuned and we'll keep you informed of how he's getting on.

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Reply Posted by Mike Dunning on Thursday November 7 2013 at 09:44
Good luck gavin. What an inspiration!

Reply Posted by Andy Goodair on Sunday December 29 2013 at 23:26
Echo carl's (ryde) thorts woody your a legend pal. Hope to join u for a leg of it. Respect buddy

Reply Posted by dedatodd on Thursday November 7 2013 at 13:29
Good luck fella and hats off !!!

Reply Posted by the real sid on Thursday November 7 2013 at 13:36
you can bet hes from thurnscoe east,they learn to run fast in that part of thurnscoe at an early age to escape being arrested by the police.

Reply Posted by Mum of Three on Thursday November 7 2013 at 18:09
Well done.
What a hero
A proper gentleman.

Reply Posted by Vicky Stead on Thursday November 7 2013 at 18:20
Everyone at Barnsley Hospice will be rooting for you Gavin. Good luck with everything.

Reply Posted by martin on Thursday November 7 2013 at 19:24
You can do it mate. All the best!

Reply Posted by Slipper on Thursday November 7 2013 at 21:46
Woody Felton you are an absolute legend!

Reply Posted by Woody on Thursday November 7 2013 at 22:11
Cheers Mate it's got to be done mate

Reply Posted by Michaela on Thursday November 7 2013 at 22:52
Inspirational, we know you can do it and will support you all the way

Reply Posted by Woody on Thursday November 7 2013 at 23:11
mic could not do it without you and Dave

Reply Posted by Carl Ryde on Friday November 8 2013 at 00:00
This man is a machine. Not only that - he's a really decent runner and nice bloke. What a top bloke. Carl Ryde

Reply Posted by Pearl on Friday November 8 2013 at 00:16
As a fellow runner and member of Thames Valley Harriers I wish you all the best. Puts my regular10K races in the shade. You must update us when you get back. Good luck mate

Reply Posted by Pearl on Friday November 8 2013 at 00:21
Can you supply us with information on how to make a donation love. I aren't based in Barnsley but quite happy to make a donation via a webpage. Cheers

Reply Posted by Paulc on Friday November 8 2013 at 09:06
Am same as Pearl - Am thousands of miles away but would like to know how to sponsor...Nice one mate!

Reply Posted by Gavin on Friday November 8 2013 at 09:24
Carl many thanks for your kind words mate, there will be regular updates as we progress on here and you can donate on www.justgivng.com Gavin Felton and many thanks to you all I am totally humbled by your kindness

Reply Posted by Jonathan Smith on Saturday November 9 2013 at 16:56
Just read this and im totally gobsmacked that is unbelievable task Gavin you must be machine im looking forward to donating to this excellent cause what an incredible and inspirational gentleman you truly are well done

Reply Posted by Gavin on Sunday November 10 2013 at 00:48
Johan many thanks for your kind words

Reply Posted by The Newsman on Sunday November 10 2013 at 01:23
Gavin having served theQueen and Country for 23 Years, I salute you, also to continue to give to charities and especially the local hospice I to will give what I can.

My god bless you and I wish you Health and Happiness. You are what life's all about.

Reply Posted by Titch Wright on Sunday November 10 2013 at 21:05
Gavin "Woody Felton", What an amazing man. Good luck buddy. If anyone can beat the record then it is you mate. All the best, Titch Wright

Reply Posted by Danny on Monday November 11 2013 at 08:45
justgiving.com/Gavin-Felton
I just googled and found this for people wanting to donate.

Reply Posted by Gavin on Monday November 11 2013 at 11:14
Cheers Titch hope the family are good just really looking forward to it

Reply Posted by Stuart hawkins on Monday November 11 2013 at 19:24
Your a top lad Gavin , massive respect !!!!!

Reply Posted by John on Monday November 11 2013 at 19:39
GOOD LUCK !!!!!

Reply Posted by Rich Cranswick on Friday March 7 2014 at 21:06
Good luck with it. I'll be running for the self-supported record in June, but the 9 days is a real tough one. I've got every confidence you'll get it.



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