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      Mr Potato Head breaks world record for hearing loss charity

      27 April 2017

      A Maidstone man has broken the world record as the fastest marathon runner in a Mr Potato Head costume to raise £5,000 for charity Action on Hearing Loss.

      A DJ running the London Marathon for the national charity has smashed the Guinness World Record for the fastest man to complete a marathon dressed as Mr Potato Head.

      Philip donned his Toy Story costume and joined more than 40,300 other runners on the streets of London for the exhausting 26.2 mile track on Sunday, April 23.

      The 33-year-old completed the course in an impressive three hours and 24 minutes, beating the previous record holder, Andrew McKenzie, who completed a marathon in three hours and 38 minutes in Australia, 2012.

      But running in a clunky, sweaty costume from Greenwich to St James’s Park was not any easy feat.

      He said: ‘The hat was agony by three quarters of the way through and at around the same point the boots were making my feet so hot I was getting blisters, something that's still causing me to hobble around.

      ‘But crossing the line was as great as it always is, the relief and the achievement is fantastic but the cherry on the cake of getting a world record, even one this silly, made it pretty special.’

      Phillip, who works as a hairdresser and part time DJ, is not personally affected by hearing loss but said he wanted to support the charity because as a music lover sound is one of his ‘greatest pleasures in life’.

      He said: ‘I DJ in my spare time and I have a morbid fear of losing something so special.

      ‘Everyday things that you hear all the time are what makes life brilliant: the sound of a bottle of wine opening, my wife’s voice, the rumble of an engine, rain on a roof, I could go on.’

      Paul Breckell, Action on Hearing Loss Chief Executive, said: ‘I would like to congratulate everyone who ran in the London Marathon on Sunday to raise awareness and much needed funds for Action on Hearing Loss.

      ‘I would also like to congratulate Philip Powell who broke a Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon dressed as a Mr Potato Head. This is an amazing achievement and the charity would like to thank Philip for braving 26.2 miles in a bulky Toy Story costume.’

      Phillip is just shy of his £5,000 target with more than £4,400 already raised for the charity, but there’s still time to make a donation.

      All money raised will go to Action on Hearing Loss, which provides support and care in communities, and campaigns for equality for the one in six people affected by some form of hearing loss across the UK.

      Visit Philip’s JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/the-big-3 or if you’re interested in taking part in next year’s London marathon for Action on Hearing Loss, contact the charity’s Events team on 0207 296 8172 or at events@hearingloss.org.uk

      ENDS
      For media enquiries or comment
      Simon Robb, telephone: 0203 227 6164 or email simon.robb@hearingloss.org.uk, @HearingLossPR.

      Notes to editors:
      • Action on Hearing Loss is the charity working for a world where deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus doesn’t limit or label people, and where everyone values their hearing
      • For further information about Action on Hearing Loss or to become a member, visit www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk, contact the Action on Hearing Loss Information Line on 0808 808 0123 (freephone) or 0808 808 9000 (textphone) or email: informationline@hearingloss.org.uk.