Mark Berry, from Bishops Tawton, is hoping to break the current world record for the 630-mile run by two days.

Psychological strength and a steady supply of flapjacks are what one Barnstaple man is hoping will help him smash a world record to run along the South West Coast Path.

Mark Berry, 53, from Bishops Tawton, said he didn't enjoy running until he turned 50, 'hit a mid-life crisis' and decided to take on a marathon.

But his hunger for pounding the pavement grew and grew, and after running several 100 mile-plus races around the world, Mark now hopes to break the world record for the 630 mile route.

The current record stands at 14 days and six hours, but Mark is confident he will complete the run in 12 days.

He said: "A lot can happen - you don't know if you'll get injured or fall ill.

"I'm hoping to run for between 12 and 16 hours a day, but it's all really hilly so it will be interesting."

Social worker Mark, who has been running up to 120 miles a week to train, is now 'ready and excited' to start his 'ultra run' on May 17.

He has already raised more than £3,000 for the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) which aims to prevent male suicide.

"I've walked the entire coast path with my wife Lorraine before and was struck by how many memorial stones and benches I saw for young people," he said.

"The coast can attract people who are feeling lost or alone and this was one reason why I chose this charity."

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