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Surrey runner Jon Lawrence attempts world record relay

Jon Lawrence running
Image caption Jon Lawrence won an award for his fund-raising last year

A man from Surrey is taking part in a world record attempt for the longest distance run in relay.

Jon Lawrence, 43, from Milford, is taking part in RelayGB which covers 3,100 miles around the coast of Great Britain.

Mr Lawrence is running the second leg between Eastbourne and Shoreham-by-Sea in Sussex.

The current world record for the longest distance run in relay is 1,923 miles.

The RelayGB route has been divided into 119 non-stop, back-to-back marathons. The first leg is around the Kent coast on 4 May and Mr Lawrence is due to take up the challenge on 5 May.

Mr Lawrence, who is an experienced marathon runner, said the challenge "appealed straight away because I've always liked running and I want to do it for a reason and make some difference."

'Reason to train'

The computer games project manager hopes to raise £2,000 for the challenge's designated charity Brain Tumour UK.

He said running for a cause gives you "a reason to go out training when you don't feel like it".

Mr Lawrence has also secured support from Alastair Campbell, who presented him with a top fund-raiser award for the Great Run Series by Leukaemia and Lymphoma last year.

RelayGB is looking for more runners to take part in the world record attempt which takes place between 4 and 23 May.

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