As with each of our team of London Marathon runners, Kieran, a medical engineer has been directly affected by breast cancer.
But it was after seeing first-hand the devastation wrought by COVID-19 and the impact it had on vulnerable people and their loved ones that Kieran decided to do something a bit different for his London Marathon.
Working closely with ourselves and his employers ‘Draeger Medical UK LTD’, Kieran created a replica of an Oxylog 3000+ ventilator, a costume he would attempt to run 26.2 miles wearing!
However, not satisfied with running in fancy dress, Kieran wanted to make it count by setting a Guinness World Record in the category ‘Fastest marathon dressed as a piece of medical equipment.’
Machines that were in such high demand over the pandemic, a ventilator is a lifesaving piece of equipment for many different medical procedures but became household names for the amount of lives they saved through the Pandemic.
Kieran’s time to beat was 3:48:09 to become an official Guinness world record holder. A time that would be very difficult for many experienced runners. Combined with the weight and restriction of the costume, this was a huge challenge.
So, we were delighted to learn Kieran completed the Marathon on Sunday the 3rd October 2021 in a blistering time of 3 hours 23 minutes and 53 seconds breaking the current world record by 25 minutes!
Well Done Kieran for breaking the World Record attempt and congratulations on your fantastic fundraising achievement.