Bude’s ‘Running Guardsman’ attempts world record to help ex-service personnel

On 18th June, Bude local, Richard Perkins, will be running from Lands’ End to John ‘o’ Groats in an attempt to break the current world record of 9 days and 2 hours.
The record attempt has been approved by Guinness World Records. His aim is to not only go for the record but also raise funds in order to set up a charity, Veterans Coastal Retreats, which will help struggling veterans’ transition into civilian life.
Richard says:
I’m a proud Cornishman, from Poughill, Bude, and know how lucky I am to call this place home. The idea of the charity is to offer a holiday home to ex-Guardsmen from The Household Division who need some RnR or want somewhere to take their families on holiday but may not be able to afford it. It may not seem like much but I think everyone deserves a holiday and the chance to get away and have some headspace. 
I joined the army at 18 and continue to serve with The Coldstream Guards, I have done 3 tours to Afghanistan and have witnessed first-hand the effects of active duty on my colleagues mental and physical health. A lot have left the various Guards regiments since then and have sadly gone on to develop PTSD and struggle to provide for their families due to mental health issues or sustaining life changing physical injuries whilst on tour.  

Richard is an experienced ultra-runner having taken part in numerous ultra-marathons, and multi-day races including a gruelling race across the East Falkland Island carrying 60kg.

Having served in the Coldstream Guards (British Army) for the last 14 years he’s not one to shy away from a mammoth endeavour and has decided to push his body and mind to the limit in the ultimate test of endurance and resilience.

In a Guinness World Record approved attempt, Richard will have to average just short of 100 miles a day to beat the current record of 9 days and 2 hours.  Quite a feat!

Richard’s Crowdfunding site has already raised over £5000. You can meet the team here.
Photos by Edward Kaye.

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