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Renowned athlete Kevin Brown breaks world record to raise awareness of mental health

Published: 09/12/2020

Renowned athlete Kevin Brown broke a world record this week, in a challenge aimed to heighten awareness of mental health in partnership with Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (BSMHFT).

Kevin a two times Commonwealth Games finalist, 17 times gold medallist West Midlands champion, 20 times British champion and four times World Masters champion. His feat was to pull a two-tonne vehicle 100 metres in under 1 minute 30 seconds (which was the current world record). Kevin manages to successfully do this in 1 minute 23 seconds making him the current world champion of this task.

Kevin was joined by close friend and fellow colleague John Hendon a double amputee. John attempted a similar strength and endurance challenge, which he completed in a record breaking time of 48 seconds. 

This was a successful event, with both athletes highlighting the importance of positive mental health and that the body can achieve what the mind believes.

The challenge took place on Saturday 5 December in the carpark of Northcroft Hospital in Erdington, Birmingham.

This was not a public event, but Kevin and John were supported by a small number of family and close friends who socially distanced and fully respected COVID-19 guidelines.

John Hendon
John Hendon
Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown
World record
Kevin Brown and John Hendon with staff from Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust at Northcroft Hospital.