New Guinness World Record set by former Blackpool soldier for underground marathon in deepest polyhalite mine on earth

A Blackpool adventurer has helped to set two new world records – while in the middle of attempting another challenge which sees him paddle boarding around the UK.

Tuesday, 20th October 2020, 3:45 pm
A team, which included former Blackpool soldier Jordan Wylie and fellow national ambassador for the Army Cadets Sally Orange and miners from ICL Boulby, ran in helmets, head torches, safety goggles and face masks in complete darkness for 42.2 kilometres.

Former soldier Jordan Wylie, 36, ran a marathon in the deepest polyhalite mine in the world, 1,000 metres below the surface at ICL Boulby in North Yorkshire.

Jordan, the UK national ambassador for the Army Cadets, said: “The Beneath The Surface project was put together to raise awareness of mental health, as we never know what is going

on inside a person’s head beneath the surface.

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Jordan Wylie being presented with the Guinness World Record certificates

“We set two new Guinness World Records.

“One for the deepest underground marathon in history and another for the largest mental health awareness session delivered online, which saw over 1,500 cadets take part whilst my team

and I were under ground.”

The team, which included fellow national ambassador Sally Orange and miners from ICL Boulby, ran in helmets, head torches, safety goggles and face masks in complete darkness for

42.2 kilometres.

They raised nearly £4,000 for three mental health charities in 24 hours.

Jordan, who grew up in Grange Park and now lives in Andover in Hampshire, is in the middle of another epic challenge – to become the first person to successfully paddle around the

coast of the UK.

He had been at sea for 76 days before stepping off his paddle board to take part in the marathon on Mental Health Day.

Jordan is now back in the Irish Sea and will continue paddling towards Scotland.

He hopes to finish his current world record expedition by February 2021. People can keep up with his world record attempt and donate to his chosen charity, Frontline Children, at

www.jordanwylie.org.