A South East London childminder is aiming to smash a world record when he takes part in the London Marathon to raise funds for Demelza.
Kev Howarth, from Bromley, is a former basketball player who now runs marathons.
He discovered an American had flown over to break the world record for dribbling two basketballs at the Virgin Money London Marathon in 2015 - and decided he was capable of claiming the title for Britain.
For the past year, 45-year old Kev has been getting in training, taking part in half marathons both at home and abroad. He’s also been keeping his fans and followers informed of his progress on his training blog – kev2balls.blogspot.co.uk
When he sets out on his 26.2 mile mission, on April 23, Kev will be raising funds for Demelza and the testicular cancer charity Orchid Cancer Care.
He said: “I raised some money for Demelza a few years ago when I ran my first half marathon, but this is a much bigger challenge.”
Kev’s wife Tara teaches at Charlton Park Academy, in South East London, which also supports Demelza.
He said: “I stumbled across an article about the runner who broke the record for the fastest marathon dribbling two basketballs. He did it in 04:10:44.
“As a former basketball player and current runner, I looked at his time and thought - 'I could do it faster than that!'. I can't let an American come to my back yard and take all the glory. I intend claiming the record for Britain and sending him packing!”
Petts Wood Runners have donated one of their marathon places to Kev, who hopes he can complete the marathon in at least 4 hours and five minutes – possibly faster.
Another Petts Wood Runner Mike Reeves will also be raising money for Demelza in 2017, running in both the London and Brighton marathons with his mod scooter.
Kev said: “I am very fortunate to be a member of probably the finest, friendliest running club in the world - Petts Wood Runners and am truly grateful and proud to represent the club.”
“There is a mind-numbing array of very worthy causes to support so I looked at where I could make the most impact. Demelza does a lot of good work for children at my wife's special needs school and I’ve raised money for them once before.”
Demelza’s Head of Events Emma Middleton said: “We are delighted Kev has chosen to support Demelza in the marathon and will be cheering him on in his bid to break the world record.”
Read more about Kev and his marathon mission at www.kev2balls.blogspot.co.uk, or follow him on Twitter @Howarthkev or Instagram via #kev2balls.
To sponsor him visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/KevHowarth