SUPERFIT Paddy Doyle is hoping to smash a world record tomorrow when he takes part in a gruelling 17 hour speed marching event to raise funds to send a close friend’s family from Sheldon on a holiday of a lifetime.
The 44 year old former army man and athlete, who is a self-employed security consultant and physical fitness trainer, will be donning a backpack and carrying a ten pound weight in his hand during the Guinness Fitness Endurance World Record attempt.
Paddy is looking to break the current distance of 78 miles and 7,121 metres held by Sri Lankan man Suresh Joachim.
The Balsall Common man’s route includes walking along the Grand Union Canal and Monarchs Way Path in Warwickshire and he is aiming to trek 80 miles.
Sponsored by family and friends, he is keen to reach a target figure totalling hundreds of pounds to aid financing his buddy’s Alan Deakin bid to take his family to Florida for an unforgettable trip.
Alan’s 11-year-old son Samuel was recently diagnosed with a brain tumour and his other son Thomas has cerebral palsy.
Paddy said: “I wanted to get involved because I have known Alan for a long time, he is a good friend.
“I met him through martial arts and his family have gone through a very tough time recently.
“That’s what friends are for. It’s nice to help and by doing this I will hopefully kickstart fund raising for the holiday they would like to take to America in the summer.”
Anyone who would like to donate money to Paddy’s venture can do so by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.