Loop around Devon – Kevin Carr
As part of his preparation for a world record attempt to run the Sahara desert solo in 2008, British bartender Kevin Carr, 27, covered the distance of a marathon (26.2 miles) every day for 10 days by running in loops around Devon in the United Kingdom.
“My idea of fun is to run a marathon and then turn around and run another one or to get up at midnight and see how far I can run before the sun rises. I just enjoy pushing myself and setting myself challenges,” he said.
Kevin began long-distance running at age 25 when he ran up Ben Lomond in New Zealand. “I just got off the plane and decided I needed to move my legs, so I started running up the mountain,” he said. “When I got to the summit I realized I’d run up a mountain bigger than any in the UK and I hadn’t found it hard; in fact, I’d really enjoyed it.”
Kevin ran twice a day covering up to 30 miles to get himself ready for the challenge. But aware of the difficulty of undertaking. he said:
“The loop around Devon is going to be very taxing, in particular the two large sections of the run crossing the county by road. I am used to running very large distances across the moors, coast path and sand. However, running for prolonged periods on road is far tougher on the knees and I am nervous about the pain I might be in.”
Kevin also ran to raise £15,000 to help North Devon Cancer Care Trust purchase specialist ultrasound equipment, to allow North Devon District Hospital to improve the cancer treatment it provides. Kevin said: “My mum had breast cancer and received excellent treatment from the Trust.
“I’m currently the fastest man around the world, one of the strongest endurance athletes of my generation. This isn’t the result of winning the genetic lottery – until the age of 15, I was the smallest pupil in a mixed school with over 1,200 pupils, noticeably underdeveloped for my age. During college I became clinically depressed – after receiving medication since proven to be completely unsuitable for adolescents (increasing suicidal idealization by over 400%) – I made a very serious attempt at my own life, I was very fortunate to survive.
Kevin shares the strategies he used to rebuild his self-confidence, and then develop the physical and mental strength necessary to become the fastest person to run around the world.