On 22nd December 2017 Capt Mark Gibbs RLC, supported by fellow students on the Ammunition Technical Officers course at the Technology School, broke the Guinness World Record for the fastest mile in a bomb disposal suit.
He completed the mile whilst wearing the in-service Mk 6 Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD or ‘Bomb Disposal’) Suit in 7:24.21 minutes taking over a minute off the previous record.
Mark was due to run the Bath Half Marathon on 4 March 2018 in aid of the Felix Fund, however due to adverse weather this event was cancelled. The show will go on. In the next 2 weeks Mark will be using a standard 400m athletics track in an attempt to break the current world record of 3 hours 15 minutes for the fastest half marathon in a bomb disposal suit.
The Felix Fund is a small charity which works to support the Bomb Disposal and Search community. Almost every day bomb disposal and search personnel deal with highly pressured situations. This continued exposure to intense stress can have lasting effects, both physical and mental. Felix Fund is the bomb disposal charity whose aim is to assist with the well-being of individuals within the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) community.
Mark said, ‘Thank you again to all those who have donated, we have smashed the donation target. We won’t let you down on the attempt!’
For anyone wishing to support the Felix Fund through Mark and the team, you can visit their JustGiving page.
You can find out more about the Ammunition Technical Officers course on the Defence Academy website.