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Farmer attempting bizarre London Marathon world record dressed as tractor

Most of us couldn’t run the London Marathon in sports kit - but one farmer is set to attempt to break a Guinness World Record dressed as a tractor.

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Farmer attempting bizarre London Marathon world record dressed as tractor

Lincolnshire farmer Craig Williamson completed the 26.2-mile race in just under three hours and 49 minutes last year - and he’s upping his game for 2018.

 

He previously raised £5,074.89 for Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, funding two potentially life-saving missions for the charity.

 

This year, he will be dressed as a tractor in a bid to break the Guinness World Record for the quickest time running the London Marathon donned as a heavy goods vehicle.

 

To break the record, he must run it in less than four hours and 55 minutes carrying the scale model tractor, supported by a harness which he will have strapped to his back.

 

He hopes to raise a similar amount to last year, taking his overall total to £10,000


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“This year, I wanted to go even further than last year - so being a farmer, I came up with the idea of wearing a tractor costume," Craig told Lincolnshire Live.

 

"It is a scale version of a tractor that we do use on the farm. It is actually not as heavy as you think, but when the wind hits you, it is really difficult to control so I am hoping for a fairly nice, sunny day for the marathon.

 

"As farmers, we work in isolated places, so the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance is crucial. I am happy to support this valuable charity again.”

 

Lincolnshire fundraising manager Gemma Shaw said: “It is amazing that Craig has chosen to support the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance again and even more so when you think that he will be running the entire distance dressed as a tractor.

 

"It is no mean feat and he deserves every penny donated. A marathon for most people is a challenge – never mind adding the weight of such an amazing costume.

"Good luck Craig – you should be quite easy to spot on the TV, so I’m sure there will be lots of people watching out for you and your tractor.”

 

Here at Farmers Guardian, we’re also getting behind Annabel James - an agricultural consultant who is running the London Marathon to raise money for The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.

 

Landmark Systems’ Annabel, 28, will tackle the famous 26-mile race in April for what she describes as a ’brilliant cause’ - to raise as much money and publicity for the charity as she can.

The determined self-confessed gym lover, who lives on an arable, root crop and beef farm in Suffolk, is already months into her preparation.

 

She aims to raise £2,500 for the national charity which helps farming people in financial difficulty.

 

"I’m running for RABI because there is a perception by many that farmers live some kind of cherished life when often that couldn’t be further from the truth," she told Farmers Guardian.

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