Entries in Marathon (3)


Australian Completes Treadmill Half Marathon -- On a Hot Air Balloon

Zoonar/Thinkstock(CANBERRA, Australia) -- Most people would feel plenty accomplished if they could finish a half-marathon, and even more so if they trekked the 13 miles for charity. But that's child's play for Aussie Rob Ginnivan.

On Thursday, Ginnivan finished a half marathon while on board a treadmill -- which had been loaded onto a hot air balloon.

Ginnivan told the U.K. Telegraph it took him longer than he thought. "What I didn't count on was that the basket actually tilted, so it was like running up a hill. Every time I took a step the basket would sway from left to right so I kind of had this sea type motion being in the air. It was quite bizarre and made it very difficult."

Ginnivan is hoping the stunt will help him raise around $70,000 for a heart foundation.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


London Marathoner’s Fund Hits $1 Million

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- The charity fund set up by Claire Squires, the runner who died during the last mile of the London marathon, has passed the $1 million mark.

More than 54,000 people have contributed; most in donations of £5 and £10 in a huge outpouring of public support. She ran the marathon with £500 in sponsorship for a suicide prevention line.

Squires collapsed  on the road to Buckingham Palace and died during the final mile of the London marathon last Sunday. It was the second marathon for the 30-year-old hairdresser from Leicestershire who seemed to delight in taking on epic challenges to raise money for charity. Last year she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise a few thousand dollars for the families of injured soldiers.

For Sunday’s run, she had raised $800 for Samaritans, a British suicide prevention line.

“I’m running the London Marathon for Samaritans because they continuously support others,” she wrote on her fund-raising webpage.

Her modest fundraising has gone viral, triggering a wave of mostly small donations.

“An inspiration and an angel,” wrote one donor who gave $8 on her webpage. “You created something amazing,” wrote another.

Catherine Johnstone, the head of the charity that will benefit from this outpouring of generosity, says she is overwhelmed.

“These donations will be put into a tribute fund and, following discussions with the family, will go towards projects they feel would have been important to Claire.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Marathon Runner Busted for ‘Unfare’ Advantage

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NORTHUMBERLAND, England) -- A British runner was stripped of his third-place marathon medal when it was discovered that he got an “unfare” advantage -- from a tourist bus.

Rob Sloan, 31, a former army mechanic, ran 20 miles of Salomon Kielder Marathon’s 26.2 miles in Northumberland, England, before hopping on a tourist bus. He rode the bus for 5 miles before reportedly getting off and hiding in a wooded area before emerging from the trees to run the last stretch of the race.

Sloan’s time was reported as 2 hours and 51 minutes: 21 minutes better than his previous marathon record.

Suspicions arose when fourth-place runner, Steven Cairns, 43, said he hadn’t seen Sloan pass him during the race, according to the BBC. At first Sloan dismissed Cairns’ claims as “laughable,” but he stopped laughing when race organizers began to investigate.

Marathon director Steve Cram told the BBC that Sloan ultimately admitted to his mistake and apologized for the confusion he’d caused.

Cairns, a police officer, was awarded the third-place medal after Sloan’s disqualification.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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