A speedy duo have gone more than the extra mile to break the record for the world’s quickest ever combined father and son marathon.
Tommy and Eoin Hughes finished the course in a combined time of four hours, 59 minutes and 22 seconds – three minutes faster than the previous best.
Tommy, a 59-year-old electrician, crossed the line in 2:27.52.
Eoin, 34, who only took up running in 2015, suffered a knee injury three days before the race and it almost stopped him from taking part. But he gritted his teeth and ran the 26.2 miles in 2.31.30.
The delivery driver said: “I was really struggling with my knee but when my dad passed me with a couple of miles to go I knew I just needed to finish and we’d have it.
"It’s a brilliant feeling."
His dad, who represented the Republic of Ireland at the 1992 Olympics, said: "To do this with my son means the world to me."
The pair, from Maghera, Co Derry, achieved their feat in Frankfurt.
It comes after an OAP regained the title of the fastest 84-year-old in the world – despite having two heart attacks.
Silver sprinter Tony Bowman represented team GB at the European Masters in Italy last month and came away with three medals after competing in the 80-84 age category.
The octogenarian grabbed the gold in the hurdles, where he sprinted along an 80m track jumping two-and-a-quarter feet hurdles in only 16.8 seconds.
Tony also got the silver medal in the 400m relay, bronze in decathlon and came fourth in the 100m and fifth in the 200m.
The determined OAP refuses to take it easy after having problems with his ticker – and he continues to smash world records at competitions around the globe.
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