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ATO attempts double World Record

One trainee Ammunition Technical Officer (ATO) is looking to break two World Records when he runs the Bath Half Marathon in aid of the Felix Fund Charity.

For many of us, running a half marathon in shorts and a running top would not be easy, but Capt Mark Gibbs will don a full bomb suite and helmet when he attempts to break the fastest Mile and fastest Half Marathon records.

“The suit weighs 55lbs and the helmet is an extra 10lbs and to get the World Record you need to wear both. The biggest problem we have had is the lack of heat dissipation in the suit. It gets rather hot in there,” said Capt Gibbs.

Capt Gibbs will be supported by the men and women from his course at Shrivenham, who have been training with him since before Christmas 17.

Melanie Moughton, CEO of Felix Fund, said: “When Mark first told me what he intended to do I didn’t quite believe it. He and the team have been dedicated to this challenge for many months now.”

“It is not just about the training and the world records but about raising funds and awareness for Felix Fund. All this on top of the intensive training they are undergoing on the ATO course.”

You can lend your support to Capt Gibbs’s endeavour on his Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/58-ato

The Felix Fund provides welfare support and financial assistance to help personnel from any military or police unit who have been involved with EOD and Search duties.

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