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Colchester: Running camel hopes to set new world record

PUBLISHED: 18:25 04 April 2014 | UPDATED: 18:31 04 April 2014

A pantomime camel is set to run around a Colchester park as two runners hope to set a new world record.

Lorraine Collins, 42, and Rob Saunders, 36, are today running 5km around Castle Park in the costume as part of the Colchester Parkrun’s one-year birthday celebrations.

If they complete the course in under 30 minutes they will set a new Guinness World Record for the feat. A professional witness will monitor the event, hoping to see them make it into the record books.

Both keen runners, Rob, from Earls Colne, and Lorraine, from Great Tey, did an ultra-marathon last year.

Lorraine, who will be the rear of the camel, said: “We are confident we can beat it; we both run regularly and usually do it much quicker.

“But we were 31 minutes last time in the costume so we need to get a move on.

“I’ve always been the rear but the head is quite heavy and I am just following.

“It is very hot and our hooves might get tangled up and the eye holes tend to bounce around, so it is quite tricky.”

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