Heaviest marathoner?

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27/03/2012 at 13:33

Last night I stood next to the ex-England and Middlesex fast bowler Angus Fraser, who's running the VLM. He is, as they say, a big unit. He's about 6ft 5in, and solidly built with - sorry Gus - a couple of chins and a couple of bellies. Maybe 17, 18 stone or more?

He's obviously a very strong man - although he's now 46 - but that's a considerable bulk to drag round a marathon.

I know Guinness do some ridiculous marathon records, but is there one for the heaviest person who's run one (or most of one - not walked)? Any other heavyweights out there who've managed it?

27/03/2012 at 13:39

This is an article from last year  

Kelly Gneiting weighs over 400 pounds and was determined to run right into the record book as the heaviest man ever to complete a marathon.

Gneiting is so large, he had to cut open the collar of his running shirt to make room for his neck!

25,000 runners took part in Sunday's Los Angeles Marathon and Gneiting was near the back of the pack.

To get an idea of how slowly he ran, a woman walked right passed him.

To make a tough race even tougher, a torrential rain begins to fall.

"Eight more miles, holy cow!" he said.

He finally crossed the finish line with a time of nine hours, 48 minutes, and 52 seconds.

"I set the world record!" Gneiting told INSIDE EDITION proudly.

Not only that, he lost four pounds!

To watch the documentary about this 400-pound runner, go to Youtube.

27/03/2012 at 13:46
Sounds like he missed the cut off to me.  The cheating bastard should be DQd.
27/03/2012 at 14:01
Frank Bruno was no lightweight and he did several London Marathons
27/03/2012 at 15:35
Is that 'running' a marathon though? If he was going so slowly that someone walked past him?
27/03/2012 at 15:37
I ran behind Steve Redgrave during the FLM in 2001 - he was mahoosive!
28/03/2012 at 22:17

Is 16 to 16.5 stone considered HUGE? I done 9 marathons inc 3 London, most at that weight. And i started running to lose weight!

Something is going wrong somewhere!

28/03/2012 at 22:35
Grendel3 wrote (see)

Not only that, he lost four pounds!

???  How can someone that big only lose four pounds getting round a marathon?? Did he have some cheeky fried chicken on the way round?
28/03/2012 at 23:00

The Uk record holder, around about 800 marathons, who I have met on the hoof many times and has my deepest respect, whose name I will not mention would admit to being no gazell.  He enjoys his beer, just like the next man. 

It is perfectly possible to carry body fat over the distance, if you are fit.   Some fat helps; if you run on empty your body eats muscle.   

Only youngsters chasing time need to worry about weight.  Otherwise, keep it down for the sake of your needs, but don't go skinny.

Weight is proportional to the cube of height, obviously.  Which is why Bob Willis weighed more than Gatting batting (or maybe he didn't!).


29/03/2012 at 23:38
wahh wahh wahhh. one eyed jokerman is back
30/03/2012 at 10:12
must be me in the nurse......that weighs 2 and a half stone + my 14.5....so 17 stone......

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