That's got to hurt! Fireman runs fund-raising half-marathon in full gear and ends the race with GIGANTIC blister
- Kevin Summerhayes completed the Cardiff Half Marathon in 1.48.23 - one second faster than the previous world record
- The 34-year-old photographed the horrendous looking blister afterwards
- He said: 'The boots are so limiting, when they start rubbing it's horrific'
- Kevin collapsed on the finishing line in exhaustion
A firefighter has broken a half marathon world record by just one second - but paid a heavy price for his success.
Kevin Summerhayes donned his full firefighting kit to run the Cardiff Half Marathon at the weekend, and crossed the finish line just in time to consign the previous record to history.
But it was the pain from his boots that will stick in the 34-year-old's memory, with this huge blister showing the eye-watering lengths he went to.
Painful: The gigantic blister Kevin suffered after running the half marathon in his firefighting gear
Kevin immediately after finishing the painful ordeal in Cardiff, which saw him set a new world record
Four days after completing the run and setting the record, he said he is still hobbling after the skin rubbed off his foot.
The 34-year-old told the Mail Online that the experience had been 'horrific'.
He completed the course in a time of 1.48.23 - narrowly edging ahead of an American runner who had completed 13.1 miles in full kit last year.
Full kit: Kevin, from Cardiff, wore his full firefighting kit in order to raise money for charity
Kevin, who was accompanied by more than 30 firefighters from the South Wales Fire & Rescue Service, recounted his painful run, stating: 'The helmet was surprisingly comfortable but it catches all the head - your face feels like a furnace.
'But it's the pain from the boots that takes everything else away, after three or four miles they started rubbing.
'I knew they would, so I was trying to go quicker over the first seven or eight miles.
'Over the last mile the boot was slipping off because of the sweat, and I had to keep on stamping it on.
'The boots are so limiting, when they start rubbing it's horrific.
'When I got out the shower I saw the skin had come off, it was really painful.'
He was joined by colleagues for the Cardiff Half Marathon, which he ran on Sunday
Kevin, a keen runner, has previously completed half marathons in one hour 13 minutes while wearing more conventional kit, and finished the London Marathon last year in two hours 41 minutes.
But wearing a helmet, steel-cap knee high boots, tunic and leggings slowed him down somewhat.
Because it was so hot he had to take on water every three minutes, and faced a real risk of dehydration.
Initially he thought he had tied with the world record holder, but found out yesterday, after getting a precise time from his run, that he had edged it.
'I was ecstatic,' he stated.
Kevin, who is based at Cardiff Fire Station, described the run as 'horrific' and said he was exhausted when he finished
Kevin, from Whitchurch in Cardiff, has completed a similar feat before, only to find out his run wasn't eligible because he hadn't properly registered with Guinness World Record officials.
This year he shaved four minutes off his finishing time, and ran his way into the record books.
Kevin did the run in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity, and has raised more than £4,000.
His fundraising page can be found here.
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