Yorkshire Marathon runner Robbie has world record in his sights

Amateur Rugby League player Robbie Dolan will be trying for a world record when he lines up in this year’s Asda Foundation Yorkshire Marathon.

The 35-year-old television sports director is aiming to come the fastest man to complete a marathon dressed in a rugby kit.

And he has a tough target to beat as the current record set in last year’s London Marathon by a runner in a Leeds Rhinos kit stands at 3hrs 18mins.

Robbie said: “I wanted to set the record in 2018 at the London Marathon but never gained entry, instead some chap set the world record at 3h 18 on that day. I had intended to run around 3h 30mins and now the work is really on now to beat such a fast time.”

Robbie is aiming to complete the Yorkshire Marathon on Sunday 20th October in 3:15.

Originally from Holgate in York where he played for York Acorn and York Lokomotive, Robbie moved to Bedfordshire will be taking on his challenge in a Bedford Tigers kit.

He said: “Bedford Tigers is an amateur side I have been involved with over the last 10 years I’ve been down here. Although my wife and I will be moving back to York this year it’s important for me to continue supporting RL outside traditional areas.”

He will be raising money for Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, which funds specialist nursing posts within the NHS to care for seriously ill children.

Robbie is no stranger to taking on endurance challenges. He has run 40 ultras and marathons and in 2017 during the Rugby League World Cup he ran from Melbourne to Brisbane carrying a rugby ball. In his The Longest Try challenge, he covered the 1,118 miles in 42 days.

You can find out more about Robbie's ongoing challenges here.

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