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Jon Park sets sights on world record after winning 24-hour race

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Jon Park from Chester is hoping to raise £10,000 for Claire House Hospice and smash two Guinness World Records after having recently topped the podium in a gruelling 24-hour race.

The prolific fundraiser now plans to run more than 870 miles across the UK, between Land’s End and John O’Groats.

In July, Jon took part in the first ever GB24 Race in the Lake District National Park – described by organisers as ‘the toughest 24-hour race in Britain’, with 500 meters of ascent during each 5.8-mile lap.

He clocked up 106 miles to secure his podium finish, beating off competition from more than 150 other runners from around the world.

Now, however, he’s got his sight sets on a new challenge as he aims to run more than 870 miles between Land’s End and John O’Groats to set two new World Records and raise vital funds for the children’s charity Claire House Hospice in the process.

Jon said: “The GB24 Race was amazing but it’s the hardest challenge I’ve ever taken on.”

He added: “I’m training hard to take on the Land’s End to John O’Groats run next year and this win has given me a lot of confidence and the motivation to train even harder.

“The current world record is 9 days, 2 hours and 26 minutes, and the distance is 874 miles so that’s what I’m aiming to beat.

“If I can do it, I’ll break the record for the highest number of miles run in one week and the record for the quickest time between those two locations.”

Jon admitted: “I know it’s going to be really hard, but I wanted to push myself to do something out of the ordinary and help raise money for Claire House Hospice in the process too.”

 

 

Over the past three years Jon has completed a number of different challenges to raise money for the charity, including the World’s Toughest Mudder event in Las Vegas as well as numerous ultra-marathon races.

The Huntington resident seems to never sit still… not only is he due to get married later this year, but he also plans to take on a 214-mile coast to coast run across Scotland later this year as part of his preparations for the Land’s End and John O’Groats challenge.

“The training takes up a lot of my time, but my fiancée is really behind the challenges,” added Jon.

“Her and all of my friends and family have been a huge support and when it comes to race days those things really help and they motivate me to keep pushing harder.”

He concluded: “Claire House Hospice do so much amazing work as a charity, so it’s been brilliant to work with them over the last few years too.

“I’ve supported them ever since I was young and being able to give something back in the way of fundraising will really help, so I’m hoping to raise as much as possible between now and the challenge in March next year.”

For more information on Jon’s World Record challenge, or to donate, please click here.

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