TWO Bwlchygroes brothers and a friend are hoping to set a new world record when they line up in the London Marathon on Sunday April 23.
Ian and Evan Williams will join forces with friend Graham O’Loughlin to raise money for the Heads Together mental health campaign headed up by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, while also attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon in a three-person costume.
Ian and Evan, whose parents run Bwlchygroes Farm Feeds, will be looking to break the three hour barrier – on its own a very respectable time for a marathon - in their inflatable 4m long ‘head band’. The current record stands at more than four hours.
Evan, 34, who now works for Barclays in London, said: “We’ve decided to take on the marathon as a group of three running together joined at the head, bringing the idea of Heads Together to life.
“All three of us feel strongly about this charity as each of us have had first-hand experience of seeing a loved one suffering with a mental health problem. We each know how challenging, lonely and deeply scary it is.
“But we have also thankfully experienced the support and help to get through it and know what an impact it can have on people’s lives.
“Furthermore, we’ll be attempting to break a Guinness world record for the fastest marathon in a three person costume. Two heads are better than one, three better than two.
“It is certainly a different challenge to anything we have attempted before but it should be fun.”
Evan, and brother Ian, 32 and who works for National Express coaches in Birmingham, are certainly well qualified to chalk up a quick time.
Both brothers, who went to Ysgol y Preseli, have run for Wales both domestically and on the international stage.
Ian has run the London marathon before, clocking an impressive two hours 24 minutes, while Evan has tackled both the Tenby and Lanzarote Ironman events.
Fellow runner Graham is no slouch, having completed in the Marathon des Sables, a six-day, 251 km ultramarathon across the Sahara desert in Morocco.
They have already had a trial run at the Silverstone half marathon.
Evan and Ian’s mum Cathy will be cheering on her sons and said: “We are very proud of them. We have been all over the country and the world watching the boys.”
Not content with their marathon exploits, the brothers will be looking to build on that at the Hyde Park 5km run on May 20 where they are looking for more than 180 runners to complete the course – all joined together of course!
Donations can be taken into Bwlchygroes Farm Feeds or at Evan’s fundraising page htpp://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/runtogther4headstogether