Devon man heads to Iceland to set Guinness World Record for young cancer patients

This October, Tom Whittle from Teignmouth will attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the fastest crossing of Iceland on foot while raising money for CLIC Sargent.

Devon man heads to Iceland to set Guinness World Record for young cancer patients

Tom is taking on the 700 kilometre challenge over 12 days, running the equivalent of two marathons each day.

The route has been agreed with Guinness World Records as he tries to set the new record. 

Tom Whittle said: “Iceland is known to many as the land of fire and ice. The route will pass through snow, mountainous rock and volcanic ash. With notoriously stormy conditions and no guarantees of completion, I will aim to run over 700 kilometres in 12 days.”

The motivation for the run is fueled by Tom’s late nephew, Sonny. 

Tom continued: “Despite a constant smile, he spent half of his life receiving painful treatment for a rare form of cancer and passed away shortly after his first birthday. Unjustly, his whole life was taken from him and I feel owe it to him to make the most of mine.”

Thank you 

Fundraising Engagement Manager for Devon and Cornwall, Jordan Anderton said: “We are extremely grateful for Tom’s support. He is about to embark on an incredible challenge to help CLIC Sargent support more young people facing cancer. What he is doing is extremely brave and selfless of him and on behalf of everyone at CLIC Sargent I would like to wish him the best of luck.” 

You can donate in recognition of his challenge on his JustGiving page.  

Are you inspired? 

To find out how you could support CLIC Sargent, please contact CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Jordan Anderton on 07876653829 or email: