Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Running for Laughs
A school teacher from Radley is believed to have broken a world record after running a marathon dressed as a clown.
Paul Fernandez, 34, completed the Glouc-ester Marathon last Sunday in full clown costume in 2hr 50min 34sec — more than half-an-hour faster than the Guinness World Record of 3hr 24min.
Mr Fernandez, a biology teacher at Radley College, was second overall in the race out of about 250 runners.
His time has to be verified by Guinness Book of Records officials.
Before the race, the 34-year-old teacher said: "My personal best is 2hr 39min, which I did at Abingdon last year.
"Gloucester is a small marathon and the winner only did it in 2hr 53min last year, so in theory I could be near the front, which could be a bit embarrassing.
"I’m hoping to go 30 seconds a mile slower than my personal best and still come in at under 2hr 50min."
He was struck with the idea after looking at feats of endurance.