Hospice attracts attention of Guinness World Record Holders

A couple will be taking part in Weston Hospicecare’s Mendip Challenge as they continue to hold their Guinness World Record of “most marathons completed by a married couple”.

Dave and Linda Major, the husband and wife team who are both in their early fifties, spotted the upcoming Hospice event on a database of marathons and have chosen to tackle the longest available route across the glorious Somerset hills.

The Mendip Challenge is available in a 10, 20 or 30 mile route and participants are encouraged to walk, jog or run. Dave commented: “We’ve chosen to run the challenge, but as it’s our first time in the Mendips we intend to take our time and enjoy the view!” The duo, who reside near Northampton, have been running since the nineties and to date have completed a total of 1063 marathons. It was in 2013 that the couple were granted their impressive Guinness World Record.

As well as impressing with their running abilities, the Majors are also keen charity fundraisers.

Linda says: “Our direct contribution to charity is at £10,000. We’re lucky that we can spread our donations throughout the country where our money is needed, as we enter events most weekends which take place in different areas of the UK.”

“Even if we are only able to donate a small amount to a certain event, we still know that we’re making a huge difference. We’re very happy to be fundraising for Weston Hospicecare and hope to promote this great cause.”

If you would like to take part in the event on Sunday 31st May simply register your place at www.mendipchallenge.org.uk by Monday 25th May at 5pm. The Mendip Challenge is open to all ages and abilities, with proceeds going directly towards patient care at the Hospice.