He’s at it again. Last time, near St Paul’s Cathedral, Barry Stoddart had run 19 miles (30.5km) of the 26 miles (41.8km) of the 2011 London Marathon carrying 20 pounds (9.07 kilos) in his rucksack, but it was all over.
Excruciating pain, from his hamstring and his back signalled the end of his attempt to break the Guinness World Record for conducting a marathon carrying 20 pounds.
Currently standing at three hours, 16 minutes and eight seconds; Barry had been on target to succeed in London; nonetheless he’d carried on despite the pain, but was way off the pace.
Three years later, Captain Barry Stoddart of the Army’s Royal Army Physical Training Corps, now the commander of Dhekelia’s Combined Joint Services Adventurous Training Centre, is going to have one last go to raise ₤6,000 (€7260) for his six nominated charities in honour of his close friend who is still serving in Barry’s Corps, but who now suffers from cancer.
Having come so close in 2011, the disappointment has been gnawing away at him, not helped by the memory of ‘Banana Man’ and another dressed as a bottle of Newcastle Brown Ale ,overtaking him a mile later and pulling his leg about his slow pace.
With the support of his wife Claire and friends and colleagues in Dhekelia, he is having one last bash.
His charities: SSAFA, which provides lifelong support for the military and their families, the Army and RAF Benevolent Funds, Families Activity Breaks, who support bereaved Military families, the Royal British Legion, Fusiliers’ Aid Society and the British Animal Welfare Society will split the cash equally.
With his support team of cycling Jim Sugrue on his bike carrying refreshments, and pacemakers Rob Harden and Chris Williams, Barry will be seriously challenging to set a new Guinness World Record.
“I feel the time is right and I really want to get that cash for these charities” he said, confirming that he had booked his place in the 2014 Paphos Marathon, held on Sunday, March 9, starting at 7.30am at Petra tou Romiou (Legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, Goddess of love and beauty) and finishing at the Mediaeval Fort Square.
You can get more information about the Paphos Marathon atwww.sporteventscyprus.com/month/...2014/79-cyprus-marathon-paphos.