World record attempt for ex-army man

Peter Howard-Harding, 29, wil soon set out to a World Record for walking from Lands End to John O'Groats.'Pictured on his training track around Stoodley Pike, near Mankinholes, Todmorden
Peter Howard-Harding, 29, wil soon set out to a World Record for walking from Lands End to John O'Groats.'Pictured on his training track around Stoodley Pike, near Mankinholes, Todmorden
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A former solider is trying to set a world record for walking from Lands End to John O’Groats.

But unlike most people who take on the challenge, Cpt Peter Howard-Harding, of Hebden Bridge, will be taking the scenic route – pushing the usual 874-mile trek to over 1,200.

Although the world record for the road route is currently 12 days, 15 hours and 46 minutes, the record for the longer walk has never been seriously attempted.

But Peter, who was in 29 Commando Royal Artillery for 12 years, said he is planning on completing the journey in just over a fortnight.

“I wanted to try something different. After serving for 12 years I decided I wanted to give something back to the services, so a charity walk seemed a good thing to do.”

But this is no ordinary walk and Peter knows how demanding it will be.

“I’m going to have to walk on average between 75-80 miles a day so to get my body used to it I’m walking 30 miles a day in preparation.

“The most I’ll have to walk on a single day is 89 miles so that’ll be quite a hard day.

“It’ll be tough mentally and physically, but I’ve started my training early because the last thing I want is to be under-prepared and to let people down.

“Nobody has ever tried to set a record time for the route I’m taking.

“I’ve spoken to the people at the Guinness Book of Records and the current record is three months because nobody has tried to do it quickly.”

Peter is walking for Help for Heroes and hopes to raise £1,000 for his former army-mates.

He will spend some nights in hotels and others camping.

“I did five tours with the Army – two in Iraq and three in Afghanistan.

“I’ve also been to Kenya, so I think I did my time. Now I want to try and support those who are still out there.”

He plans to set off from Land’s End on August 15, shortly after his 30th birthday, and arrive in John O’Groats by August 30.

To sponsor Peter, go to www.bmycharity.com, click on the find a friend link and enter Peter Howard-Harding.

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