Alistair Smith is looking to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon dressed as a nurse (male) at London Marathon on 24 April. To do so, the 39-year-old from Edinburgh will have to complete the event in under 2 hours 45 minutes.
Alistair is unperturbed by the thought of running in the uniform: “To be honest, the thought of spending nearly three hours sweating and chaffing in public while dressed as a nurse doesn't much bother me at all (regular Friday night stuff in my house). The thought of running a 2.45 marathon makes me a little sick in the mouth.”
Before Alistair takes on London, he will be giving the flattering nurse outfit a test run at Kilomathon in Edinburgh on 20 March where he will tackle the 13.1K route from Ocean Terminal to BT Murrayfield Stadium. With a predicted time of 45 minutes, Alistair is expected to compete near the front of the field.
As well as chasing the world record, Alistair is using the challenge to fundraise for MS-UK who provide support and care to anyone affected by Multiple Sclerosis. The cause is close to Alistair’s heart as his mother-in-law has suffered from MS for over 30 years. He is already over 50% of the way to his £4,000 target.
Kilomathon has 13.1K and 6.55K runs on offer, as well as a 2.62K junior race. These alternative race distances make the perfect training runs for anyone looking to step up in distance from 5k to 10k or 10k to a half or full marathon. Kilomathon is run along Edinburgh’s cycle path network, passing by the historic Royal Yacht Britannia and picturesque Victoria Park before a grandstand finish in front of the west stand at BT Murrayfield.
Late entries for the 13.1K and 2.62K junior race remain open until 16 March. For more information and to enter this year's event, head to the event website. You can donate to Alistair’s cause at Virgin Money Giving.