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19-Year-Old Runner with Down's Syndrome Breaks Marathon Record: Youngest to Complete London Marathon in Intellectual Impairment Category

Nineteen-year-old Lloyd Martin, who has Down's syndrome, made history by becoming the youngest person to finish a marathon in the intellectual impairment category (LL2) at the London Marathon.
He completed the race with his mother, Ceri Hooper, serving as his guide.

Guinness World Records recognized Lloyd's achievement and presented him with a certificate at the finish line.

Lloyd expressed his excitement, and his mother emphasized the importance of determination and hard work to achieve one's goals.

Ceri praised Lloyd for running a personal best of 14 miles (22.5km), his longest distance yet.

The crowd cheered for him, making the experience enjoyable despite the challenges.

Lloyd's achievement was significant for people with Down's syndrome, and crossing the finish line left Ceri and him emotional.

Ceri, an experienced runner who has represented Wales and completed major marathons, coaches Lloyd effectively.

Lloyd, who had completed over 30 Parkruns but never gone beyond a 5km (3 mile) timed run, aimed to get marathon-ready in just five months.

His trainer, Ceri, designed a custom training plan that included weekly long runs to prepare him for the marathon's lengthy duration.

Lloyd secured a spot in the London Marathon through Special Olympics GB, an organization he is also a part of as a gymnast and footballer.

He is the third Welsh athlete from the organization to run the marathon.
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