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Ealing man in marathon attempt for world record

From The Ealing Times

EALING's Kevin Allen is hoping to write his name into the Guinness Book of Records as the fastest man to run a marathon in all seven continents in one year.

Computer software expert Allen completed the London Marathon in a personal best time of three hours nine minutes and nine seconds.

Allen, from Raymond Avenue in West Ealing, has already completed the African leg in Egypt in February when he finished 12th out of 88 runners with a time of 3:09:34, taking 22 minutes off his previous best.

He went on to claim second place in the Antarctic leg and is now planning to fly to Vancouver in Western Canada for his next challenge on May 4.

Allen's flight is being paid for by his employers, Crystal Decisions in Ealing Broadway.

He aims to finish his challenge at the Flora Sydney Marathon on September 14, seven months after starting out.

The 28-year-old suffered from Leukaemia as a child and has already raised £6,000 for the charity CHILDREN with LEUKAEMIA.

Allen is on course to record the quickest aggregate time for the seven marathons. The Current holder of the record is Tim Rogers with a time of 34:23:08. Rogers also holds the record for completing the marathons in the shortest space of time when he took just 99 days to do all seven in the spring of 1999.

Allen said: "If I keep going the way I'm going I'll break the record easily."

Before last year's London Marathon, Allen had never run the 26.5 mile race. Now he is running 60 miles a week to keep fit but is enjoying every minute.

"It's been amazing meeting so many people. I've met some who have done 500 marathons."

You can sponsor Kevin by emailing kevin.allen@crystaldecisions.com.

18:17 Wednesday 16th April 2003