Johannesburg businessman, Henry Cock has broken the Guinness World Record for the most consecutive half marathons completed in a row.
Cock has just completed 76 half marathons in 76 days, beating the previous record of 75. He was raising much-needed funds for the South African Depression and Anxiety Group. Cock is not yet done. His ultimate aim is to complete 133 consecutive half marathons over 133 days, covering a distance of 2 800 kilometres. Cock explains the motivation for his record-breaking runs.
“I suffered with anxiety during lockdown, our restaurants were closed, staff was under the cosh with the families and bills. After 3 weeks of taking their calls, I had a nervous breakdown, at the same time – my dad was diagnosed with cancer. I went through a lot in a short space of time, eventually, I had a nervous breakdown in front of my folks one day. I realised, it’s not the worst thing in the world to see a psychologist. It was tough, it was tough to acknowledge it in the first place. It took me a long time to go onto medication, about 4 months of fighting with my psychologist,” says Cock.