A supporter of local cancer charity We Hear You has raised £2,700 by running the Bath Half Marathon in a full beekeeper’s suit and wellies, and broken a new world record.
Experienced runner Sam Landrigan, from Keinton Mandeville, completed the 13.1 mile distance 2 hours 36 minutes and pending official verification, is now officially ‘the fastest beekeeper in the West’! Sam said:
“I’ve always wanted to try and break a world record. I looked into whether there was one for running in a beekeeper’s suit and there wasn’t so I jumped on it! There is a link as I do keep bees as well.
The run on the day was pretty warm in the suit - funnily enough the feet only started hurting at about mile nine. It was the temperature that I found the hardest, even in the 100 per cent breathable suit that had been lent to me by BBWear. But I kept going, largely down to the support on the day, which was incredible.
We have fairly close links to WHY in that my children’s school supports them quite a lot and I couldn’t think of a better charity to run for.
Friends and family have been incredibly generous and I’ve raised £1360, which will be matched by the company I work for, Galliford Try. I’m overwhelmed by the generosity and I’m so glad that I’ve raised just over £2700 for such a great charity.”
We Hear You’s Fundraising and Communications Officer Gemma Wilkes said “Thanks so much to Sam and our 19-strong team who took on the Bath Half on 16th October. We’re so proud of and grateful to all our fundraisers, but it’s fair to say Sam’s challenge was the most eye-catching! Congratulations to Sam for completing the distance despite warm weather, full body coverage (and a visor) and those wellies! Many thanks to Galliford Try for the match funding and BBWear for lending a (slightly) cooler suit. The money raised will pay for 61 counselling sessions for a child, young person or adult to work through difficult feelings with one of our specialist counsellors.”