Posted by on April 26, 2019 9:26 am
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The coveted title of ‘fastest marathon in a full body costume (female)’ is among those up for grabs at the London marathon

This Sunday, alongside a three-person sausage dog, an ironing board and a tube of toothpaste, I will be one of 95 people attempting to break a world record at the London marathon. My own attempt is for the coveted title of “fastest marathon in a full body animal costume (female)”. If you see a giant panda lolloping down the Mall, that will be me.

Why am I doing this? It’s a question I often ask myself, mostly when sweltering inside a giant fluffy black and white head. Partly to raise money for the World Wildlife Foundation, partly to prove a point. Earlier this year some running friends were talking about doing an “inflatable 5km” – essentially a parkrun with bouncy castles – when someone said: “Oh, you won’t be up for it, Kate, you take your running way too seriously.” That stung a little. Twenty-four hours later I had submitted my application.

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