A MOTHER-of-two from Cam has entered the Guinness Book of World Records by being the fastest female to run the London Marathon –dressed as an organ.
Musician Emma Denton, 37, from Woodend Lane ran the 26.2 miles dressed as a human eyeball to boost donations for charity RP Fighting Blindness on Sunday.
Her son Charlie, seven, may well develop RP (Retinitis Pigmentosa) as part of his Ushers Syndrome which has already left him deaf.
RP leads to a progressive loss of sight and blindness and the charity funds research to find a treatment or cure.
The Dursley Running Club member ended up smashing the world record by coming in at the 3hrs and 52mins mark, 36 minutes faster than the old record.
The professional musician told the Gazette the costume had made her overheat on the warm day but was buoyed by the spectators to keep going.
“The crowds were unbelievable and it was great to hear people shout encouragement all the way through,” she said.
“I have been overwhelmed by the support and the generosity. I have raised over £3,500 so far.”
Another costumed runner from Cam was Andy Sargent who dressed as caped crusader Batman.
The 41-year-old from Everside Lane, who is a teacher at Ribston Hall High School in Gloucester, undertook the challenge as the masked superhero and succeeded in raising over £1,000 for Winston’s Wish, a charity supporting bereaved children.
The father-of-two came in just 12mins after his personal target of 4hrs and 30mins and said he heard the batman tune being sung by spectators all the way round the course.
“It was very punishing because it was so warm,” he said.
“The last miles were really, really hard but the crowds just kept you going, they were just unbelievable all the way along.
“It shows what people will do for others, it’s the real positive side of humanity and it was a real privilege.”
A fearless fivesome from Hawkesbury Upton also pounded the streets of London raising more than £12,000 for their chosen charities.
David Williams, David Anderson, Vicki Starling, Jim O’Brien and Geoff Robson all completed the London Marathon following months of training and fundraising.
Mr Williams, an associate partner at IBM Global Services, said: “It was very hot but everybody did so well, we all got round and it was an amazing day.”
Mr Williams has been running for three years but has only recently managed a full marathon distance.
“I started to struggle around Canary Wharf but I knew I was going to see my wife at mile 19 and she was waiting for me with a drink and some jelly babies and a hug and a kiss. That kept me going for a few miles then I hit a wall at 22 miles," he said.
“You go through what is known as the Lucozade tunnel where there is no public but then you come out at Embankment and the noise of everyone cheering for you is just incredible. It has to be experienced to be believed.”
The group, known as Beauty and the Beasts, combined their charity collections when they realised they had all signed up to the marathon.
They organised various events in Hawkesbury Upton in aid of their five charities, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, the British Heart Foundation, Mind and Tommy’s in the run up to the day.
These included a Bollywood curry night, a hot dog stall at the village bonfire night and a takeaway evening for residents.
They raised £5,000 before setting off and will be split equally among the causes and their individual fundraising totals come to more than £7,000.
Mr Williams, who ran for Macmillan after losing both his grandparents to cancer, added: “We are all very proud of ourselves for completing the marathon but also for raising so much money. And we are very grateful to the Hawkesbury community for all their support.”
The four men in the group are planning to take part in next year’s marathon.