Matthew Akpan

Guinness World Record Holder

Matthew Akpan, from Leeds, UK, is renowned in the world of Guinness World Records, holding three records, including two for completing marathons and half-marathons dressed as John Cena. Inspired by his late father, he began these feats in tribute after his father’s passing in 2021 from kidney failure. Matthew undertakes his annual Guinness World Record challenges each May, earning recognition from figures like John Cena and Olympic Gold Medal triathlete Jonny Brownlee, who has also praised him for his efforts.

Beyond records, Matthew has spoken at Europe’s largest Love of Wrestling convention, highlighting his achievements as the only non-wrestler on stage. He is also a dedicated philanthropist, raising over £1500 for charities such as Bethany’s Smile and Victim Support, notably through events like the Great North Run, where he aims to break his own record dressed as a wrestler in support of the MND charity.

Locally, Matthew holds the record for most wins at the Woodhouse Moor Parkrun 5k, with 50 victories. Nominated for Outstanding Courage at the 2024 Yorkshire Choice Awards, Matthew continues to inspire through his dedication to sport, charity, and honoring his father’s memory.

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