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Former Royal Marine Planning To Break WR In London

The 29-year-old British veteran has already been breaking records in other distances.

Lee Riley is looking for a world record next April. Photo: Crewe Chronicle
Lee Riley is looking for a world record next April. Photo: Crewe Chronicle

The 29-year-old British veteran has already been breaking records in other distances.

Lee Riley, a former Royal Marine, has big expectations for the upcoming London Marathon. He doesn’t just want to finish the race, he also wants to “obliterate” the world record. So should we expect to see him running with the likes of Tsegaye Kebede?

Not quite.

Riley, 29 years old, is hoping to break the world record for running a marathon carrying a 40-pound rucksack. He wants to run the 26.2-mile race in under three hours. His personal best is 4:42:44.

“It is my chance to achieve something amazing. I’m basically treating it as my personal Olympics,” he said. “It has become an obsession. Most people don’t understand it – even my mum and dad – but I’m hungry for it.”

Riley has been working hard to achieve his goal.This month, he unofficially broke the 10K record for carrying 40 pounds, clocking 46:02, which was a full 10 minutes faster than the previous record.

His next race, a tune-up half marathon, is in January.

For More: Crewe Chronicle