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David Bathurst

David's "readathon" at St Mary's Church, Barnham, August 2011

David’s latest “readathon”

We are grateful to Tim O'Dell (aka TOD) for supplying this update on David's latest "Readathon":

“An attempt to break the world record for reading aloud, by reading out the entire Bible, failed after the reader lost consciousness while reading Jeremiah.

“The reader, David Bathurst, who is 51 and has accomplished several feats for charity, including reading the Gospels and the complete works of Gilbert and Sullivan from memory, said that he still felt positive about his attempt, which has raised £2,500 for charity.

“The current record for reading aloud stands at just over 113 hours, and was set overseas. In order to break this record, Mr Bathurst had to read for five days and nights, and was allowed only 20 minutes of rest after each four hours of reading.

“Mr Bathurst began the Bible reading in St Mary's, Barnham, near Chichester, on Wednesday of last week [24 August 2011]. Problems began during the Thursday night, when he was aware that he was losing consciousness for a few seconds at a time. "I rallied on Friday, but things really started to unravel on Friday night," he said. "I kept reading, but I was drifting in and out of consciousness.

"It got to the point wher I'd lost the notion of what I was doing, and couldn't form a link between the words on the page and what I needed to say. The paramedics were eventually called out on Saturday. They said I just needed to sleep. I tired to go on with the reading, but it wasn't making any sense."

“He went to sleep in the vestry for seven hours, then continued with the reading on Sunday morning. "I went right on from where I'd left off - in Jeremiah - to the end. I finished on Monday evening. I don't feel disappointed, because there was nothing I could have done."

“He had taken caffeinated drinks, but was unable to power-nap during his 20 minute breaks, he said. The charities that will benefit are the Gambia Upcountry Development Charity and the Disasters Emergency Committee.”

Read more about David's "readathon".

Read about David’s latest marathon, “Songs of Thankful ness & Praise” (May 2013)

David works for the Courts in Chichester. He has written a large number of guidebooks and walking guides for the Sussex countryside.

Some of his recent books include:

Walking the Coastline of Sussex (2012)

Walking the Sussex Border Path (2012)

Walking the Disused Railways of Sussex and Surrey (2011)

and Walking the Triangulation Points of Sussex (2009).

David in 1977

(from the College photo)