Heat thwarts record bid

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charity runner Simon Boguszewski just missed out on setting a new world record when he made his debut in the London Marathon.

The 36-year-old Bawtry man was not only tackling the gruelling 26.2-mile course for the first time, but made the event more difficult for himself by carrying a rucksack on his back weighing 40lb.

But the unexpected high temperatures on the day meant the weight record was to be out of reach, although he still raised many thousands of pounds for the Yorkshire Kidney Research Fund.

Simon, who is vice chairman of the YKRF, said: “The 24C heat made it really tough. I had my name printed on my running vest and it was an amazing experience to hear people cheering me on. It was a tremendous day and one that I will never forget.”