ENTRANTS in tomorrow’s London Marathon will be joined by a Gloucestershire mum running in an eyeball costume to try to break a world record for charity.
Emma Denton, from Cam, who is running for RP Fighting Blindness, will try to beat the Guinness World Record for the fastest woman to run the marathon dressed as an organ.
Her son Charlie, seven, has a rare genetic condition called Usher’s syndrome. He went profoundly deaf at three years of age and doctors have said he will lose most of his sight by age 10.
She has so far raised £2,800 for her chosen charity.
Emma, who has been running for five years since becoming a mum, said: “I’m really looking forward to the run, but it’s going to be really hot in my eyeball suit.
“My son was so embarrassed when I first picked him up from school wearing the costume.”
RP Fighting Blindness is a charity which supports medical research to find cures and treatments for retinitis pigmentosa and related conditions.
Emma said: “When we first found out about Charlie’s condition we were told that there was no cure and no treatment, and that he would inevitably lose his sight.
“But in the last few years RP Fighting Blindness has told us about a number of really exciting developments which can help other children, which is so encouraging even if they can’t help Charlie.”
The London Marathon, sponsored by Virgin Money, follows the River Thames and is 26 miles and 385 yards long.
The current world record for the fastest marathon dressed as an organ was set at four hours 28 minutes last year in London by a woman in a brain costume.
Emma’s eye costume was made by her mother with white Lycra and teddy bear stuffing.
Emma, who ran in last years’ London Marathon as well as courses in Nottinghamshire and Copenhagen, said: “When I ran last year I found it difficult to raise lots of money, so I realised I needed to do something slightly different.”
She says she is confident of beating the world record, as her personal best in training has been three hours, 26 minutes.
“As I’m running for charity I’ve been trying to be responsible and not push myself too far so I can avoid getting injured,” she said.
“If I see anyone dressed as a brain running past me I’ll try to speed up.”