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A 47-year-old ex-Royal Marine from Lincolnshire has broken three world records for running half marathons with heavy loads on his back in just two weeks, raising over £4,000 for charity in the process.

Collin Harrison, 47, from Dunston, is the new world record holder for half marathon times with 60lb, 80lb and 100lb load carries on his back, after he completed two mammoth races in the space of 14 days in September 2021.

Collin is a former Royal Marine who has been out of the corps for almost ten years, and he told The Lincolnite that his feat of endurance came about from a knock back when he tried to rejoin the Marines.

“I tried to reapply for the Marines about three years ago, and was told that I couldn’t join because of my age, and if there’s one thing you never do, it’s telling a Marine they can’t do something.

“That became my main motivation, so I picked up a Guinness World Records book and decided to see what the records were for half marathons while carrying weight on your back.

“I’d done challenges for Children with Cancer UK before, and decided to try and break the world record for a half marathon with a 100lb load on my back to raise money for charity again.”

Collin trained for 21 months for the event, and wasn’t going to let anything get in his way. | Photo: Scottish Half Marathon

Collin took on the challenge to raise money for Royal Marines Charity as well as Children With Cancer UK, and his efforts have raised an incredible £4,352 at the time of reporting. You can donate to Collin’s cause here.

Collin started training in November 2019, but after the outbreak of coronavirus and subsequent lockdowns, his plans were disrupted and there were even times where he feared his efforts might be for nothing.

He said: “It felt after six months of lockdowns and event cancellations like it would never happen, I worried that I was going to physically break before I got the chance to complete the races.”

Eventually, lockdowns were lifted and races were back on, so Collin entered both the Southampton and Scotland half marathons to try and take on an unprecedented feat.

It was physically and mentally gruelling, but Collin proved that age is just a number. | Photo: Scottish Half Marathon

On September 5, 2021, Collin ran the Southampton half marathon with 60lbs on his back in a world record time of 1:54:34, some 15 minutes quicker than the previous record.

Amazingly, just 14 days after that, Collin topped his own achievements at the Scottish half marathon. He ran with a 100lb weight on his back and broke the 100lb world record time of 3:16:36 by running a monstrous time of 2:11:38. That’s over an HOUR quicker than the last record.

As if that wasn’t enough, he also broke the 80lb record of 2:30:00 with 20lb extra on his back. And he did all this after one of the straps on his bag snapped during the race, meaning he did the last three miles with most of the weight on one shoulder.

Collin is adamant he would have broken his own 60lb record at the Scottish half had it not been for the strap snapping, which gives you an indication as to just how remarkable his fitness levels are.

Discussing the importance of raising money as well as breaking the world records, Collin added: “As soon as that first pound was donated, I knew I was doing it regardless.

“If I’d only raised £10, it was more than they would have without my fundraiser, so to raise as much as I have is obviously fantastic.

“Records are immaterial to me, this was about showing the powers that be that you shouldn’t judge people on their age, only on their ability.”

Collin uploaded the footage of his world record run at the Scottish Half Marathon to YouTube, and has sent the footage over to Guinness as proof of his accomplishment.

Lincolnshire Co-op staff in Metheringham were thanked by their community for the hard work put in during the pandemic with a free night of food and drinks at a local sports club.

The event was hosted by Metheringham Squash Club on Fen Road on Sunday, August 15, as staff from the local Lincolnshire Co-op Food Store were treated to free food and drinks at the club bar.

The staff enjoyed a great evening free of charge as a token of gratitude from the local community after they stayed open throughout the coronavirus pandemic as an essential retailer, providing a much-needed service to the village of Metheringham and beyond.

Metheringham Squash Club & Bar hosted the event for Lincolnshire Co-op staff. | Photo: Ellis Karran for The Lincolnite

Organiser of the event and squash club member Tony Woods said: “There has rightfully been national appreciation for key workers in the health care sector during the COVID-19 pandemic, but we felt that those who were keeping food on shelves weren’t receiving similar recognition for their hard work.

“Nobody knew how long this would play out, and the Co-op staff went to work with that same level of uncertainty. Even then, they showed bravery throughout and I think that needs recognising.

“We just wanted them to know that our little corner of the village are appreciative of their work, and we were keen to say thank you for what they have done and continue to do on a daily basis.”

Lincolnshire Co-op Food Store on Metheringham High Street has been open all the way through the pandemic. | Photo: Ellis Karran for The Lincolnite

We caught up with some of the staff who attended the event, and they told The Lincolnite that they were “so grateful” for the gesture after what has been a “difficult” 18 months.

“It’s been incredibly hard during the pandemic, we’ve been doing double the work in the same hours with all the measures in place, whether it be additional cleaning, introducing signs and floor markings and ensuring that social distancing was upheld.

“We always try to keep positive and continue to smile, luckily our community are always very appreciative and supportive.

“We are so thankful to Tony and Metheringham Squash Club for hosting the event and making us feel so welcome after a difficult last year or so.”

Co-op staff were given free drinks and buffet food. | Photo: Ellis Karran for The Lincolnite

A masked man who carried out a terrifying attack on a family after bursting into their home has been jailed for six years at Lincoln Crown Court.

Nathan Newman knocked on the door of the property in Alfred Avenue, Metheringham and confronted the husband saying “You’re the lad I’m looking for. Can I come in for a chat?”

Newman, who was holding a knife and wearing a mask with a skull motif which covered the whole of his face, then went inside the property as the husband retreated.

Noel Philo, prosecuting, said the husband, who moments earlier had been relaxing with his family after a Sunday meal, feared what would happen.

“He went to the door and was confronted by the defendant who was dressed in a way to make himself unrecognisable. The defendant was clearly menacing and the husband was alarmed.

“As the husband moved away from the door, he tripped over the baby gate and fell onto his two year old.”

Mr Philo said the husband fled into the back garden where he held his child by the hand and attempted to lower her over the fence into the neighbour’s garden for safety.

Newman then confronted the man’s wife telling her “Give me all the jewellery and the cash or I’m going to stab you all up.”

The wife barricaded herself in a room and called the police.

Mr Philo said: “It was a truly traumatic and frightening experience for everyone in the house. “

Newman then left the property, slashing two tyres on the husband’s van before running off.

Mr Philo said: “In due course when he had been identified by his fingerprints, his home was visited by the police. He wasn’t there but the knife and various items of clothing were there.

“Eventually he gave himself up but did not volunteer any information to the police during interviews.”

Newman, 32, of The Furlongs, Market Rasen, admitted attempted robbery, possession of a bladed article and damaging property as a result of the incident on March 28 this year.

Judge John Pini QC told him: “It is perfectly clear that this family were left utterly traumatised and in profound fear.”

Jonathan Straw, in mitigation, described the offence as bizarre and said there was no evidence that Newman knew any of the people in the house.

“Whatever delusion he was proceeding under it plainly was completely misplaced.

“Until the break-up of a relationship he had simply lived a lawful life. There has since clearly been a decline in his mental health.”

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