Four men are set to run Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday 28 May in a Viking ship to raise funds for charity and attempt to set a Guinness World Record. Nigel Burton, Martin Ward, Steve Tait and Chris Gale will be battling the 26.2 mile course in a four-man outfit, aiming to beat the current record of 5 hours 25 mins.
The team have chosen to raise funds for Lincolnshire Lives and Epilepsy Society as two of the team have been directly affected by epilepsy. Martin said: “One of us recently had a family member saved by Lives emergency response so we are hoping to raise enough money to make a difference so that others can benefit from their ongoing support and excellence service.”
The team has various events planned before the marathon in order to raise funds, Martin continued: “We have lots planned - we are training around our local town, we have garden parties, appearances at our local retail park and we are on the radio in the coming weeks.
“Additionally we have lots of training - at a combined age of 197, none of us are exactly spring chickens!”
The marathon is one of nine events taking place across the May bank holiday weekend on 27 and 28 May as part of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival.
Charity places are still available for the full marathon and standard entries for the half marathon, the 10k, 5k and junior races close on Wednesday 12 April at 5pm. Find out more on the Edinburgh Marathon website.