London Marathon World Record Attempt
On Sunday, Kingston upon Hull resident, Lucas Meagor, a mature student studying Events Management, will run the London Marathon dressed as a cowboy in an attempt to break the World Record set in Blackpool in 2013.
Lucas, who will run his 34th marathon a week after completing the Manchester Marathon, needs to beat 3:41:19 or faster to take the record as the fastest man dressed as a cowboy to run a marathon.
He will be supporting Sports Relief, Paralympics GB and Tree of Hope - who support children with cerebral palsy. Lucas attempted to break the record, which then stood at 4 hours, in April 2012, but was unsuccessful.
Lucas, 38 years old living off Holderness Road and studying at Leeds Metropolitan University, will complete his 10th London Marathon on Sunday. Lucas has run a marathon in 3:21:25 (Hull in 2012) but this was in shorts and T-shirt - a little lighter than the jeans, checked shirt, neckerchief, lasso and cowboy hat he has to wear to qualify for the Guinness World Record. Guinness will be there on the day as over 100 runners attempt to break various world records.
Lucas, who is a member of Beverley AC and also will be performing with Beverley Musical Theatre in Fiddler on the Roof at Hull New Theatre in May, added "I am always looking for different ways to raise funds and with over £35,000 raised since my first marathon in 2001, it's another approach"
But this year he sees it as a warm up to a bigger challenge he commences on Saturday 31 May, when a friend, Chris Britton, and himself will start a near 3,000 mile cycle from Penzance to Kingston upon Hull via all 111 gold post boxes from the London 2012 games.
They will support Sport Relief, Paralympics GB and Tree of Hope as they travel to all corners of the UK, including Sark in the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. The cycle will conclude when they travel over the Humber Bridge and down Hessle Road to end at Kingston upon Hull's very own Luke Campbell's Gold post box. Lucas is hoping Luke Campbell will even greet them at the finish, after Lucas was a Games maker at both the Olympics & Paralympics and even ran the 2013 London Marathon in his full Games Maker kit.
They are being support by Sainsbury's, the Royal Mail and Arco amongst other businesses and hope to attract other gold medallists to meet them on route. The cycle will also take them to most, if not all the Olympic & Paralympics venues around the UK. Lucas warmed up for the cycling with 9 hours on an exercise bike at the front of Sainsbury's Hessle in the run up to Sport Relief weekend in March, which raised over £8,000. In the meantime, there's 26.2 miles to cover in London by foot with 37,000 other runners.
To find out more about the cycle and Lucas's world record attempt go to www.lucaskeepsrunning.co.uk, Like Lucaskeepsrunning on Facebook and twitter @lucaskeepsrun and you can donate at www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/GoldPostBoxes
Or donate by Text:
ParalympicsGB: PARA83 £(amount) to 70070
Tree of Hope: TREE54 £(amount) to 70070
Sport Relief: POST63 £(amount) to 70070
London Marathon World Record Attempt, 11th April 2014, 16:24 PM