LOTS of parents enjoy taking the kids out for a Sunday stroll.
But one Hampshire mum has literally pushed that idea to the extreme – and landing herself a place in Guinness World Records.
Rebecca Lester ran into the record books by completing the gruelling cross-country Clarendon Way halfmarathon yesterday, pushing daughter Rachel the whole 13 miles from Broughton to Winchester in a buggy.
And the 33-year-old chartered accountant, from Upper Timsbury, near Romsey, raised around £800 for her local pre-school along the way.
She was among nearly 1,000 people competing in the charity race, which saw the full marathon run from Salisbury to Winchester and was won by Andrew James of Newbury Runners in around 2 hours 58 minutes.
Mum-of-two Rebecca said: “I quite enjoy doing something a bit different and a bit extreme.
“I’ve done the Clarendon Way marathon as a half and a relay before, but I wanted to challenge myself so I thought I would push her along to raise money for the local pre-school.
“I’ve done a lot of running events in the past, but since having children it’s quite difficult to find the time. This was a whole new experience getting the buggy out of the mud and trying not to lose my trainers at the same time.
“And towards the end the tree roots were horrific up this one hill – it was quite a lot of work and you just can’t run.
“But I think Rachel was happy looking around for a while. She was pointing out horses along the way, but then she fell asleep for about an hour.“ I didn’t want to do it the easy way. I’ve done the London Marathon twice, and the second time was dressed head-to-toe in a full rabbit costume.”
Having decided to complete the half-marathon with Rachel, who turns two later this month, in tow in a bike trailer, Rebecca checked to see what the world record was for pushing a child along the way, and discovered there was not one for a cross-country event.
So once her time of 2 hours 54 minutes is confirmed, it will become the new world benchmark.
“The Guinness people said I needed to do it in three-and-a-half hours for them to consider it, so I beat that easily,” said Rebecca.
“I’ve got to fill in the paperwork now and there’s a lot of evidence they require, but I’m very proud to have set the record.”