Trio Set New World Record Whilst Raising Funds for Barnsley Hospice

Three friends from Barnsley, Lee Severn, Pete Jenkins, and Warren Edwicker, have officially set a new Guinness world record for the quickest half marathon run in a 3-person costume.

Dubbed the “Barnsley Bullet,” the trio’s costume was inspired by the bobsleigh featured in the 1993 classic, Cool Runnings, and saw them complete the Manchester Half Marathon back in October in record-breaking time. Adding to the achievement, they raised an incredible £1,725 for Barnsley Hospice in the process, with Lee’s employer contributing a generous £1,000 to the total.

Despite their previous individual experiences partaking in running events, running over 13 miles in perfect sync was a tricky undertaking for the friends.

“Running as a team in costume was a real challenge,” said Lee Severn. “The hardest part was staying injury-free, staying in time with each other, and finding time to train.”

Despite these difficulties, supporting their local hospice was a driving force for them all.

Lee Severn explained, “We chose this local charity because of the fantastic work they do. It’s an amazing cause providing essential care for those in our community with life-limiting illnesses.”

Community Relationships Manager at Barnsley Hospice, Vicky Stead, commented on the significance of such community support, saying, “We are incredibly grateful for the dedication and efforts of Lee, Pete, and Warren. Their record-breaking run and the funds raised will make a significant difference to those we care for in the Barnsley borough.”

Looking ahead, the team is considering taking on the full marathon world record and are currently in the ballot for the London Marathon. “We’re always looking for the next challenge,” said Lee.

To support Lee, Pete, and Warren in their ongoing efforts for Barnsley Hospice, donations can be made through their JustGiving page.

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