VIDEO: Bren breaks world record

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Long distance athlete Bren Vaughan broke the world record for the fastest marathon distance while dribbling a football when he took on the challenge at Hazeley Academy.

Bren ran a time of four hours, 31 minutes and 42 seconds smashing the previous record of five hours, 10 minutes and 35 seconds, as he ran 106 laps of the running track.

The Academy was supporting the attempt as part of its Global Citizenship Day where students in years seven, eight and nine took part in lessons focusing on local, national and international developments and partnerships. Charity Kick4Life were partnering with the school on the day as their work centres around Lesotho in southern Africa, helping to tackle HIV through sports-based health education.

Charity co-founder, Steve Fleming, said: “Kick4Life is delighted to have joined forces with the Hazeley Academy for this record attempt. Kick4Life uses sport to tackle HIV in Lesotho, southern Africa which has the third highest HIV prevalence in the world and where more than 100,000 children have been orphaned by the disease.

“With the support of the staff and students at the Hazeley Academy we hope we can make a real difference. The money raised will go towards Kick4Life’s life-saving health education and testing for vulnerable children.”

Mark Bennison, Headmaster of The Hazeley Academy said, “The aim is to bring an international dimension to our students improving their knowledge of other cultures and help them to develop skills and understanding needed to contribute positively to life and work in a global society.”

Nikki Flanagan-Graham, assistant director of global citizenship at the academy, said: “All day we have had African drumming workshops and food tasting and the children have loved it. It’s been different as well with the world record attempt and they really picked Bren up around the halfway point with their support.”