John is in training for a record breaking attempt

Posted 26th March 2014 11:11am by

PRESS RELEASE – 26-03-2014

Thirty three year old John Melbourne from Tadworth is running the London Marathon dressed as a chicken in the hope of breaking a Guinness World Record for the ‘fastest marathon in a full body animal costume’ to raise money for the British Hen Welfare Trust.

John said: “My wife Nellie and I have adopted six ex-commercial laying hens from BHWT since last April, all of them named after places in Hawaii we have visited on holiday. The
hens now live a happy life exploring and helping with the gardening, they even get on remarkably well with our rescue cat Kali.”

“To break the record I need to beat a time of 3 hours and 31 minutes so I’m currently putting in the training miles. Training is going well despite a near miss with a lamppost when I initially struggled to see out of the eye holes! If the reaction I receive from the crowds in London is anything like the response I get running through Epsom then it will be great fun.”

Naomi Oxborough, community fundraiser for the British Hen Welfare Trust said:“John has completed over 30 marathons across the world with funds raised from a number of them coming to the BHWT. What he has done to raise the profile of the charity is incredible and we wish him all the best for his latest challenge. The rules for the Guinness World Record are quite strict and overheating is his biggest concern. For once let’s hope for not too warm a day! The money raised goes to help make a difference to the welfare of thousands of re-homed hens so thank you from all at BHWT!”

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