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Boston United youth footballer Josh Burkitt, from Newark, awaits confirmation from Guinness World Records

A 16-year-old who ran 19 half marathons in as many days in aid of front line workers may have set a new world record.

Boston United youth footballer Josh Burkitt, of Newark, is running a half-marathon a day throughout May to help raise money for the NHS and, in his attempts, has stumbled across a new world record.

JOSH BURKITT finished his record-breaking run at Devon Park.
JOSH BURKITT finished his record-breaking run at Devon Park.

As recorded by Guinness World Records, the most half marathons completed in one month (male) is 18 and was achieved by American JC Santa Teresa from December 7, 2017 and January 3, 2018.

Burkitt, who only found out about his feat days before his 19th run, contacted the Guinness World Record team to make it official.

Moments after finishing his run he said: “It feels amazing. I couldn’t have done it without my grandad, David, who has supported me the whole time. My friends have been great too.

Josh Burkitt (34956841)
Josh Burkitt (34956841)

“It is the best feeling ever — we are just hoping it is made official now.

“At the start I had to have a bit of a pep talk because things were getting into my head, but as soon as I got to mile five I started to feel better and I kicked on from there.”

Burkitt broke the record on Tuesday and said he found extra motivation for the run, despite dealing with muscle soreness and leg pains.

“People wrote me off and, to be honest, if I told people I had planned to do this before I started they would have stopped me, but once I put it on Facebook I didn’t have any choice — I had to do it,” said Burkitt.

More than £4,200 has been raised with 11 days and 144.1 miles to go.

You can donate by visiting https://bit.ly/3bGVDmo

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