Norwich events organiser hopes to break world record for quickest chef at London Marathon

Ady Penfold is running the London Marathon is a chef's outfit and hopes to break a world record.

Ady Penfold is running the London Marathon is a chef's outfit and hopes to break a world record. - Credit: Archant

An events organiser for Norwich is hoping to break the world record for the quickest chef to run a marathon in London this weekend.

Ady with his son Coby.

Ady with his son Coby. - Credit: Archant

Ady Penfold, 40, of Dussindale, is running the 26.2 mile course of the London Marathon on Sunday dressed as a chef. To qualify for the world record he has to carry at least 3lbs of cooking utensils and he said this has proved quite amusing to people during his training.

'I have been running around Wroxham, Dussindale and the city carrying two large frying pans to get some practise in before the big race,' he said. 'I have been getting a lot of funny looks from people and the odd car horn beep as everyone is just so confused by what I have been doing.'

The current Guinness World Record was set at the London Marathon last year and stands at four hours and 47 minutes. Mr Penfold hopes to run it in just under four hours although there will be some competition from other chefs trying to break the record.

Mr Penfold was inspired to take on the challenge after his son Coby, 7, told him he was the best chef in the world, which he disagrees with.

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He said: 'I had cooked my son fish fingers and chips and he told me that I cooked the best food in the world.

'I told him that I wasn't but I could be the fastest chef in the world and that is where the whole idea came from.'

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The gruelling course will be made even tougher for Mr Penfold as he suffers from asthma but he is determined to make it round the course and make his son proud.

He said: 'Getting around the course will be enough of an achievement but to break the world record which would make my son so proud would be the icing on the cake.'

• Mr Penfold is raising money for The Family Holiday Association. To sponsor him visit

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