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A SOLIHULL physiotherapist has sprinted into the record books.

Stuart Monkspath ran 10 kilometres carrying a 100-pound rucksack in an hour and 33 minutes on December 21, smashing the former record of two hours and five minutes.

Stuart Monkspath ran 10 kilometres carrying a 100-pound rucksack in an hour and 33 minutes on December 21, smashing the former record of two hours and five minutes.

The 31-year-old said he was “extremely pleased” with his record-breaking time, not simply to earn his place in history but to raise £50 for the British Heart Foundation, a cause close to his heart after losing a close friend to a heart defect.

Stuart began breaking records several years ago as a way to keep fit.

“I wanted to get fitter for the sports I was playing,” he said. “But instead of just going down to the gym, I thought I would see if I could break a record.

“It gives me that motivation to succeed. I try and do at least one a year now.”

Helped by fellow world record holder Paddy Doyle, Stuart has now held eight world records in events from circuit training to weight lifting, and is already preparing for his next big challenge, to run a marathon while carrying a 100lb backpack.

“It’ll take a lot more training,” he added. “It’s four times as long as this challenge but it’s feasible.

“Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

 

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