30 Jul

Running Round World Record Attempt Begins

Kevin Carr

A British ultra runner has begun his attempt to break the world record for running around the world. Devon-based Kevin Carr set off on his epic journey on Sunday from Haytor on Dartmoor in his home county.

In order to complete the challenge he must start and end the journey at the same point and pass through at least two directly opposite points on the world. His route will take him through Europe, Asia, Australia, North and South America and parts of the Artic and Antarctic and cover an estimated 18,000 miles.

He is aiming to finish the Forrest Gump-style challenge by February 2015. The 32 year old Carr also holds the record for running the length of Britain purely off road on trails.

Before he set of on his circumnavigating journey he told BBC Devon: "I am looking at getting the world record starting and finishing in the same place. It's the ultimate test of endurance. You're going as far as possible under your own steam, with no support crew to help you find your way."

Kevin will run the distance with a lightweight trailer tied to his waist which includes tent, stove, food, water and a solar panel to power his satellite tracker. Former Conservative Minister Ann Widdecombe joined the well-wishers as he set off from near his moorland home in Ilsington.

You can find out more and keep up to date with Kevin's journey at hardwayround.com