Marathon effort to boost tsunami fund

A Norfolk father who lost his son in the Tsunami disaster is hosting a world record marathon relay challenge in Norwich to raise money for the memorial fund set up in his name.

A Norfolk father who lost his son in the Tsunami disaster is hosting a world record marathon relay challenge in Norwich to raise money for the memorial fund set up in his name.

James Hurren went on a backpacking adventure and was in Phi Phi when the Tsunami struck on Boxing Day 2004.

Since then his father Dale Hurren, of Manor Road, Caister, has raised money for the James Hurren Tsunami/Memorial fund and is currently organising the marathon relay which will be at noon on August 12.

Mr Hurren, who runs for the City of Norwich Athletics Club, is bringing together for the first time athletes from all over the county to form an elite men's team with an aim to beat runner Paul Tergat's marathon time of two hours, four minutes and 55 seconds, set in Berlin in 2003.

Teams will consist of members running one, two or four laps of the University of East Anglia sports track, where the event is to be held.

Mr Hurren is looking for people willing to take part who can run under 70 seconds per lap and four minutes, 45 seconds for a mile. There will also be a ladies team challenging Paula Radcliffe's half marathon record of 65 minutes 40 seconds and they will need to be able to run under 90 seconds per lap or six minutes for the mile.

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On the day there will be refreshments, a bouncy castle and a raffle to make the day a family fun day for all.

*For more details or to enter one of the challenges, contact Mr Hurren on 01493 721732.

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