How a Newmarket roofer broke the World Record for running a marathon whilst carrying a tumble dryer
A tumble dryer, as carried by roofer, Ben Blowes in this year’s London Marathon. Image by S-TS (via Shutterstock).
It is not often you see a picture of a tumble dryer on a roofing website, but there’s a good reason for this. The London Marathon, besides being a popular event for distance runners is noted for its participants, who raise money for charitable organisations. Many of them run their way towards central London in fancy dress.
For an added challenge, Ben Blowes had a novel idea. He decided to run the London Marathon with an electrical appliance on his back. On practising, he wore a weighted vest. Then he tried to run with a fridge on his back. In the end, he settled for a tumble dryer. How did he do? He completed the London Marathon in 5 hours, 58 minutes and 37 seconds. With a 25 kg tumble dryer. On his back.
Not only that, he beat the World Record for running a marathon whilst carrying an electrical appliance. The father of two, a roofer from Newmarket, has ran in 29 other marathons, with his 30th marathon being one to remember.
Ben Blowes has raised over £7,700 for Racing Welfare, who have benefited from his unusual run. At this time time of writing, £7,774. 37 has been raised. His chosen charity helps people who work in the British horse racing and Thoroughbred breeding industry. With Newmarket being famed for horse racing, his chosen charity has a local angle.
If you think we’re pulling your leg, this link leads to a video clip of Ben Blowes’ last 600 yards of running with a tumble dryer, from the London Evening Standard. If Ben is reading this, we at Cumbria Roofing would like to congratulate you on your achievements. Well done!