News - 17th April 2019

What have Big Ben and a fried egg got in common?

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They are both costumes that will be worn by parkrunners aiming to set new world records at this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon.


Maidstone parkrunner Lukas Bates will be running the 26.2-mile race on April 28 dressed as the iconic London landmark, while Katy Garnham-Lee, who runs at Cannon Hill and Rushmere parkruns, will be donning an egg outfit.


They are both supporting the Dementia Revolution in honour of grandparents who have been affected by the condition.


Lukas is aiming to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon dressed as a landmark building, which stands at 3hr 34min 34sec.


The 30-year-old has a marathon personal best of 2:59, but due to the size of his costume his hopes of being on time in London will rely on the weather. If it’s a windy day, he could become a stopped clock!


You may have seen a video of Lukas at last month’s Vitality Big Half which went viral on social media. He got stuck at Canary Wharf when the strong winds created a wind tunnel and he needed some fellow runners to give him a push.


He said: “I’ve made the costume lighter, but wind is still a massive issue because of the shape and size of it. Even a little breeze can push me sideways.


“The Big Half was pretty scary – at one point I literally couldn’t stand up. I’m just praying for a still day for the marathon.


“It’s going to be very hard to break the record with the costume I’ve chosen. I could have made it smaller and easier to carry, but it’s fun to have a challenge.”


You can help spur Lukas on to a landmark achievement by sponsoring him here.


Katy is also an experienced marathon runner. The 27-year-old has run 35 marathons since her first in 2011.


Her record is a new one so there’s no previous time to beat, but she will need to complete the marathon in under four hours for her effort to be counted. She’ll need to put in a cracking performance or her hopes could be scrambled!


She said: “As I’ve run a lot of marathons before, I thought I’d do something different this time.


“I looked at the list of records you could go for on the Guinness World Records website and saw the egg record. It’s a good fit for me as me and my best friend have a random thing of calling each other ‘egg’.


“My biggest concern with the costume is if it rains as when it gets wet it becomes really heavy.”


Katy is certainly a good egg! You can sponsor her here.


Lukas, Katy and all the 1,800 Dementia Revolution runners would love you to come and support them on race day. There’s still time to sign up for the Dementia Revolution cheer squad. Register here.

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