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Great North Run participants take on World Record for Myeloma UK

Best friends Pete Wood and Nick Jellema took on a world record challenge at this year’s Great North Run, in support of Myeloma UK.

Fundraising news, Myeloma UK news // 26th September 2017

Best friends Pete Wood and Nick Jellema took on a world record challenge at this year’s Great North Run, in support of Myeloma UK. The pair from Cambridgeshire and Edinburgh respectively took on the record for the ‘Fastest Half Marathon Dressed as a Video Game Character (Male)’, dressed as Mario and Luigi. As this is an individual record, only Pete as Mario could officially attempt it, but that didn’t stop Nick as Luigi being crucially involved as pacing support. They managed to raise more than £4,300 in donations, well over their target of £3,500, to help fund Myeloma UK’s vital work and donations are continuing to come in to their JustGiving page.

This year’s run was particularly important to Pete as his mother, Diane Wood, sadly passed away in April this year after living with myeloma for seven years. She frequently visited her local Support Group and attended Myeloma UK’s Patient and Family Myeloma Infodays, which Pete said his mother found very useful, “I attended some of them with her and I know that she found these events as well as group leader, Philippa Hurlow, extremely helpful and supportive.”

Beyond fundraising, Pete is also running this year to help raise awareness of myeloma, “Myeloma isn’t well known in the UK and can be very difficult to diagnose – this was particularly so in the case of my mother. Delayed diagnosis has a significant impact on the effectiveness of treatment, so wider awareness could have a big effect on the lives of those who are sadly diagnosed and their families.”

Myeloma isn’t well known in the UK and can be very difficult to diagnose – this was particularly so in the case of my mother. Delayed diagnosis has a significant impact on the effectiveness of treatment, so wider awareness could have a big effect on the lives of those who are sadly diagnosed and their families.

Pete Wood

Pete has already raised thousands of pounds in donations for Myeloma UK across the previous 4 years of running, but he wanted to achieve more this year for Myeloma UK, in honour of his mother. This is where the idea to run in fancy dress to achieve a world record came from, “Nick and I are both video game fans, Super Mario Bros reminds me of a very happy childhood with my mother, plus I’m short and dark-haired and Nick is tall and skinny – Mario and Luigi seemed like a natural fit!

“I’ve been running the Great North Run for quite a few years now – this will be my sixth run, all in consecutive years, and 2017 will be my fifth consecutive Great North Run raising funds for Myeloma UK.”

 

 

The target time to beat for the Guinness World Record was one hour and 35 minutes. With 14 weeks of hard training, the pacing support of Nick and good conditions on the day, Pete managed to finish the race in a time of one hour, 31 minutes and 59 seconds, “ It was a tough run, but in the end I comfortably came in under the record time, and just a little over my personal best (without a costume!) of one hour 29 minutes too.”

Pete received official confirmation that he is now the Guinness World Record holder for this record in January 2018.

If you think you could take on a half marathon, or even beat a World Record for Myeloma UK, contact our Fundraising Team on 0131 557 3332 or email fundraising@myeloma.org.uk for information and tips on how to get started.