Note from Editor – 4 Feb 08 – I have received information in the last 24hrs that the article below might not be completely true. Apparently a Tim Harris from the UK was younger than Mark Scanlon who is discussed below. If anyone has any further information, please let me know.
submitted by Tony Mangan
A 24-year-old Co Mayo man has broken the Guinness World Record for the youngest person to run seven marathons in seven months on seven continents.
Mark Scanlon, who arrived in Dublin Airport today after his record-breaking runs, had no formal training when he took on the 7-7-7 challenge, raising €20,000 for the Irish Cancer Society.
Fresh from his final marathon in India last week, Mr Scanlon appeared happy to be home.
His journey began in San Francisco last July. From there he conquered Europe, Australia, Africa, and Antarctica – where he won a silver medal – and just last week he completed the Mumbai Marathon in 31 degrees of heat.
Mr Scanlon said he is looking forward to returning home to Ballina, Co Mayo for a well-earned rest.