Norwich runner helps break world record for marathon relays as part of his fundraising for Brain Tumour UK

An Earlham man has helped to smash a world record by over 750 miles after playing his part in a national running relay.

Richard Dade, of Augustus Hare Drive, took part in the north Norfolk leg of Marathon Relay GB 2012 between Wells and Cromer.

Stage 13 of the route around the edge of England and Scotland saw athletes run throughout the night from Moulton Sea End, in Lincolnshire, to King's Lynn.

From there the relays continued through Wells, Cromer, Norwich, Diss and Ipswich and continued onwards to the finishing line in Wandsworth Park, London.

The 18 days of 100 marathon legs, totalling 2,680 miles, was all in aid of Brain Tumour UK - and also broke a world record of 1,923 miles that was set in Romania in 2009.

Around �100,000 has already been raised for the charity nationally and over �1,000 of that has come from Richard's fundraising.

The 42-year-old, who works for Duff Morgan Citreon in Norwich, was inspired to raise funds for Brain Tumour UK after a good friend and work colleague had a tumour removed which has drastically changed his life.

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Richard said of his part in Relay GB: 'It was fantastic and it is nice to have been part of a world record.

'It was quite surreal standing in Wells harbour at 3.30 in the morning, just waiting for people to come and pass us the baton. It was certainly the earliest I have ever been for a run!'

Richard was joined by three friends on the run, as well as a friend on a bike to act as a support rider. The 26 miles from Wells to Cromer was not quite enough for them though, as they also carried on through to Norwich to make it 52 miles.

Richard then travelled down to London to take part in the final mile of the relay with hundreds of others who had taken part, in Wandsworth Park.

He is doing a number of different things to raise money for Brain Tumour UK, having already run this year's London Marathon for the charity.

A golf day and bowling night are both planned, as well as Richard running the Great North Run and City of Norwich Half Marathon later in the year.

To get involved with Richard's fundraising events, email him on richard.duffmorgan@gmail.com, or to donate to his cause, go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/richarddade

Are you taking on a charity challenge? Contact Local Life editor David Freezer on 01603 772418 or david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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