Two world record breakers in long distance running – Rob Young and Adam Holland – passed Bridport on their latest mission today, the “Walk for Peace”, and Bridport Runners met them for a short stop on their route. Young, who holds the world record for completing the most marathons in a year (370) and just weeks ago finished the longest ever run without sleep (over 373 miles), and Holland, who holds the world record for the fastest ten marathons in ten days, passed Bridport in the early afternoon, ahead of their tight daily schedule. Ben, Clive and Hagen traced them through the “Walk for Peace” website and met Adam (Rob was running a different route) on his bike a few miles out of Bridport on the A35 near Askerswell … on the way eastwards to Weymouth. Young and Holland had started their torch for humanity relay at the Great North Run in Newcastle on 13th of September – one running with a torch, the other one cycling. They intend to finish their 1,900 miles long endurance journey on 7th of October in London at Leicester Square. For each mile they run they raise money for a peace-building programme for young people in Kenya’s North Rift Valley. Over 600 people have died there and more than 435,000 lost their homes since a wave of ethnic violence broke out in 2014, according to UN figures.
So far the two ultra-marathon-runners have raised more than £55,000 but have set themselves a target of £160,000. For everyone who wants to support Ron and Adam and is interested to find out more about their mission, please have a look on the “Walk for Peace” website.