A North Devon barman has begun running around the perimeter of Devon today (Wednesday) as part of his preparation for a world record attempt in February. Kevin Carr, 27, will use it as experience for when he starts his challenge to become the first ever p

A North Devon barman has begun running around the perimeter of Devon today (Wednesday) as part of his preparation for a world record attempt in February.Kevin Carr, 27, will use it as experience for when he starts his challenge to become the first ever person to run solo across the Sahara Desert.Kevin, from Woolacombe, hopes to cover the distance of a marathon (26.2 miles) every day for the next two weeks to prepare himself for the race next year, which will see him cover more than 1,000 miles in 40 days. Kevin said: "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 18 months ago 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 realised 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." Training for the two events has required a lot of dedication. Kevin runs twice a day covering up to 30 miles. But he is still aware of the challenge he is undertaking."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," he said.Kevin is also hoping to raise £15,000 to help North Devon Cancer Care Trust purchase specialist ultrasound equipment, which will 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. Any amount people can donate will help make a big difference but I will only be able to accept cheques made out to North Devon Cancer Care as I can't haul a sack of coins up and down every cliff in the county!"To follow Kevin's progress visit: www.runningthesaharasolo.com