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Man starts Kent part of ultra-marathon world record bid

Andy McMenemy
Image caption Andy McMenemy is due to complete his record attempt in York on 20 May

A businessman who is attempting to run 66 ultra-marathons in 66 days to raise funds for charity has started the Kent part of his Guinness World Record bid.

Andy McMenemy embarked on his 17th 50km (31 mile) run at the Canterbury Athletics track on Friday.

He aims to complete one ultra-marathon in each of the UK's 66 cities for The Soldiers' Charity, which supports armed forces personnel.

Mr McMenemy has raised about £18,000 of his £1m target so far.

A conventional marathon is just over 26 miles (42km).

He will run ultra-marathons in Brighton and Chichester in West Sussex on Saturday and Sunday.

Mr McMenemy, who said he was taking the challenge "one day at a time", is due to finish in York on 20 May.

The current world record is 52 ultra-marathons in 52 days.

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