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Billingshurst runner aims to break fairy marathon world record

Gareth Leighton, running the London Marathon dressed as a fairy

Gareth Leighton, running the London Marathon dressed as a fairy

Breaking the world record for the fastest fairy to race 26 miles is the goal of a Billingshurst runner tackling the London Marathon next Sunday (April 13).

Gareth Leighton, 34, is raising money for the NSPCC by running the event in full fairy costume.

The world record for the fastest fairy to run a marathon is two hours, 49 minutes and 46 seconds.

He said, “I ran for the NSPCC at the 2011 London Marathon, but this year I am attempting to break the world record for the quickest marathon dressed as a fairy, in order to generate even more interest and sponsorship.

“I strongly support all of the NSPCC’s aims, so when you’ve finished laughing at me please, make the humiliation worthwhile and support my cause to raise money for child protection.”

Tracey Bravo, community fundraising manager for NSPCC, said: “Anyone who has secured their own place in the marathon and would like to support the NSPCC can still sign up now.

“It is great to see we already have 500 people running for us including Gareth - their support will go a long way in helping to protect the most vulnerable children in society.”

The charity has six loud cheer points, at locations such as Tower Hill and the Shard, helping NSPCC runners round the course.

To sponsor Gareth, visit www.justgiving.com/gareth-leighton.

 

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