A Royal Navy Aircrewman from Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Culdrose is currently training to complete a run covering the full length of Cornwall’s North Coast in aid of charity.

Leading Hand Liam Armstrong is on track to smash the current world record from Devon to Lands End (DEVLE) of 40 hours and 56 minutes by more than five hours.

On 27 January, Liam (28) from County Durham is attempting to break the world record for running non-stop from Harland Point in Devon all the way to Land’s End, a distance of 144 miles. The North Coast Challenge, as it is formally known, will be his greatest endurance feat to date, testing his will to succeed as well as his stamina.

"I am competitive, which ultimately is the driving force behind why I am doing this," said Liam who is currently an Aircrewman trainee on the new Merlin Mk2 helicopter with Culdrose’s 824 Naval Air Squadron. "However, despite that competitive edge, I would be happy just to complete the challenge to raise funds for the charities.”

Chosen charities

Liam is hoping to raise £1,440, the equivalent £10 per mile, for his two chosen charities: The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and Bliss, a charity which supports premature babies and their parents in their time of need. “Both charities I am raising for are close to my heart” said Liam, who is expecting his first child in February with his wife Kate.

No stranger to physical competitiveness, Liam was recently crowned champion in the 100m and 200m Freestyle races at the Royal Navy Swimming Championships. He also spends his weekends “relaxing” by running the many routes around Helston and the Lizard. “I have to make the most of it now” comments Liam light-heartedly, “once our baby is born, I’ll be up all night changing nappies and such. I can face the DEVLE run, but being a Dad will be the real challenge!”

Liam’s DEVLE Run will start at 4am up near Hartland Point. He will then follow the North Cornwall Coastal Path taking him through some of the most stunning parts of the British coastline, but also some of the most challenging for an endurance runner. His aim is to arrive at Land’s End at 3pm the following day some 35 hours later. “I am dreading running past Pendeen Lighthouse, It’s going to be hell around there with all those hills!” 

Sponsor Liam at Virgin Money Giving: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DEVLErun