As if running 26.2 miles wasn’t difficult enough, this bunch of runners are planning on making the Virgin London Marathon that little bit more challenging by wearing fancy dress and in the process raising money for lots of good causes.
If you’re spectating on Sunday keep your eyes peeled for ‘Foamy’ the fire extinguisher, a giant shoe, a chef, a Gorilla and a newly-married couple wearing wedding dresses. They’re just some of the characters challenging their respective Guinness World Records.
Newly-married couple Sophie and Toby McCorry from Rochester hope to cross the finish line ‘threshold’ together in 3:41:40 to break the Guinness World Record. Their training has been going well, ‘regular cross-dresser’ Toby has been helping Sophie complete the long runs, with only one breakdown in a Wickes car park! They both see Sunday as a “great way of showing their commitment to each other”.
Chef Chris Wheeler is a dab hand at running the London Marathon whilst ‘cooking’, he tossed a pancake for 26.2 miles 7 years ago. This year he’s carrying a 3kg stockpot along the route to raise money for Help a Capital Child. Chris got his place by winning a Capital FM competition, he’s running for the Breakfast Team and to clinch the Guinness World Record he needs to cook his way to the finish line within 5 hours.
Redhead Susie Hewer is trying to improve on her existing record this year for the “Longest Scarf Knitted Whilst Running a Marathon”. Susie started running 8 years ago and this will be her 31st marathon. She says it all started when a friend told her to ‘start acting her age’ so she took up knitting! Not sure her friend meant running whilst knitting. The record to beat isn’t about time it’s about length, Susie needs to beat her own record of 1 metre 62cm.
All of the fundraisers will be wearing their black ribbons on Sunday to show their support for the Boston Marathon. When asked about the events in Boston they all re-iterated the same message: “the fantastic spectacle of the Virgin London Marathon must go on. What happened on Monday just makes us more determined to complete the London Marathon and our record breaking challenges.”