Weather against Ex-Royal Marine in Mad Dog 10k world record attempt25/02/2014
Military Speaker, Andy Grant, Mad Dog 10K world record attempt blown away!
AN amputee and former Royal Marine had hopes of setting a new world record on Sunday - but was beaten by the wind.
Andy Grant, 25, from Orrell Park, was injured by a roadside bomb while on a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2009 with 45 Commando.
In the same week that marked five years since the blast, the dad-of-two had hoped to beat the record for the fastest 10k run by a single amputee.
The current time that Andy had to beat is 37 minutes 55 seconds - he would have had to take five minutes off his personal best to top it.
Talking to the Visiter, he said: "The weather was just against me. I did not even beat my personal best. Despite all the training, it was just not enough on the day.
"I am really gutted, but when I look at the results, only two people got the time that I needed to get to beat the record. It just shows how difficult it was for everyone."
Andy was also aiming to raise £3,500 for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund to mark the 350th birthday of the force.
He added: "I actually raised well over my target - so far I am at £4,150 which is just brilliant. Having all my family and friends there was also great."
Andy said he is going to keep up on the training, adding: "It won't be long until I get the world record."
He added: "I just want to say thank you for all the support. Over 90% of the donations came from people I didn't know, and it is really humbling that so many were behind me."Back to all