Mark Berry, 53, has beaten the world record for the 630-mile run by nearly three days, riaisng more than £7,500 for charity.

A Bishops Tawton man is ‘elated’ after smashing the world record for running the entire South West Coast Path – by nearly three days.

And in doing so, Mark Berry, 53, has raised more than £7,500 for the charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) which aims to prevent male suicide.

As reported in the Gazette last month, Mark hoped to run the 630-mile route in 12 days – two days and six hours less than the standing world record.

He finished his run in Minehead on Thursday after 11 days, eight hours and 15 minutes.

Mark said: “Having completed the run I am absolutely elated and overwhelmed with people’s generosity, support and contributions to CALM.

“All along the route I have had people approaching me and my support team asking about CALM and opening up how mental health has affected them or their loved ones.

“I could not have done this without the excellent support team consisting of my wife, friends Dave and Ally and Rob Tucker of Putsborough Sands.”

Mark was supported along the way by friends and family, but ran the last leg on his own, giving him some time to reflect.

And the keen runner didn’t even stop to rest after the challenge, heading out for a ‘short’ run around North Devon this weekend, saying on his Facebook blog he just ‘couldn’t resist’.

Read Mark’s daily blog of his journey at: www.facebook.com/CALMSWCPchallenge.

You can still sponsor Mark online by visiting www.justgiving.com/CALMSWCPchallenge