The Hartlepool team bidding for a half marathon world record

The team bidding for a world record.
The team bidding for a world record.

A Hartlepool man’s bid to break a world record has just taken on a whole new level.

Jamie Allison had hoped to set a new world’s best time at the Great North Run in the category of Fastest Half-Marathon Pushing Adult In A Wheelchair (Male).

A previous Great North Run.

A previous Great North Run.

He aimed to do it by pushing his brother Andrew with a the Guinness World Record team confirming he could go for the attempt.

But he is going to have to up the training after another team already broke the record.

He was originally training for, and aiming for, the old record of 2 hours 15 minutes.

But Jamie, from the Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group Core Fundraising Group, added: “Someone has registered the record and set it at 1hour and 57 minutes.”

Someone has registered the record and set it at 1hour and 57 minutes. We were always aiming for two hours and we will just have to shave off a couple of minutes

Jamie Allison

He remains undeterred in his bid and said: “We were always aiming for two hours and we will just have to shave off a couple of minutes.”

Joining Jamie and Andrew will be Phil Dunn and Thomas Mallinson who will be running alongside with video cameras as proof and to provide moral support.

People can support the team in their bid by providing sponsorship.

Jamie said the runners for HSNSG had obtained running tops for the big day and there was an opportunity for sponsors to have their details on the running shirts.

“We have obtained T-shirts for all our of runners in the Great North Run.

“They are plain white and they will have the support group’s details on the back but if someone wants to sponsor and pay for them, they are welcome to have their name and company logo on, as well as something to say they are sponsoring us.”

Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group is based in its own resource centre which is in Park Road in Hartlepool.

It already operates a Children’s Fun Club, youth club, The Get Together Club and has its own drama section called Constellation.

To back the team in its world record attempt, contact the Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group on (01429) 863766, of email fundraising@hsnsg.org uk.

To find out more about the group, contact (01429) 863766, email info@hsnsg.org.uk, or visit www.hsnsg.org.uk.