Tim hopes to smash marathon world record with 40lb backpack

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AN RAF Cranwell instructor is currently in training to break the world record for the fastest marathon carrying a 40lb backpack.

Flight Lieutenant Tim Artus will attempt to break the record on April 17 when he takes part in the London Marathon.

He said: “I have run eight marathons, including London five times since 2003, have previously been the RAF champion and have a personal best of 2hrs 35mins.

“However, I will be doing things differently in 2011.”

The current record for the challenge is four hours 42 minutes.

But Tim added: “I believe I can run sub four hours.”

While attempting the record Tim aims to raise money for the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, which is the RAF’s leading welfare charity.

Tim, who is currently running up to 17 miles with 28lbs on his back, hopes to raise as much as possible for the charity, which provides financial, practical and emotional support to serving and former members of the RAF and their families. He is also hoping to get backing from corporate sponsors.

l For more information on Tim’s challenge, go to uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TimArtus