Farmer Craig’s World Record Marathon attempt set to raise £5k for Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance

For the second year  ‘running’, Lincolnshire Farmer Craig Williamson will run the London Marathon in aid of the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance but this year the challenge will be even tougher for him!

Last year Craig completed the 26.2-mile run in just under 3 hours and 49 minutes and raised an amazing £5,074.89, funding at least two potentially life-saving missions for the Charity.

This year he is upping the ante and has chosen not only to run the marathon again, but to do it dressed as a tractor in a bid to break the Guinness World Record for the quickest time running the London Marathon dressed as a heavy good vehicle. To break the record, he must run it in less than 4 hours 55 minutes carrying the scale model -tractor, supported by a harness which he will have strapped to his back.

He hopes to raise a similar amount to last year, taking his overall total to £10,000 – enough to fund at least four missions.

Lincolnshire Fundraising Manager - Gemma Shaw said: “It is amazing that Craig has chosen to support the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance again and even more so when you think that he will be running the entire distance dressed as a tractor. It is no mean feat and he deserves every penny donated. A marathon for most people is a challenge – never mind adding the weight of such an amazing costume. Good luck Craig – you should be quite easy to spot on the TV, so I’m sure there will be lots of people watching out for you and your tractor!”

Craig is no stranger to running long distances or running in home-made costumes. He also ran the Paris Marathon in 2016 and last year run the Morton & Gainsborough 10k dressed as our iconic yellow Ambucopter as part of his marathon training.

Craig added: “This year I wanted to go even further than last year so being a farmer I came up with the idea of wearing a tractor costume. It is a scale version of a tractor that we do use on the farm. It is actually not as heavy as you think, but when the wind hits you, it is really difficult to control so I am hoping for a fairly nice, sunny day for the Marathon. As farmers we work in isolated places, so the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance is crucial. I am happy to support this valuable Charity again!”

If Craig’s story has spurred you on, why not sign up for your own challenge? We still have Charity places left for the Nottingham 10k on August 12 and the Great North Run on September 9. Entry is free, we just ask that you pledge to raise sponsorship for our life-saving Charity. For more information visit www.ambucopter.org.uk/what-is-your-2018-challenge

To find out more about this essential life-saving charity and other ways you can support it or make a donation, visit www.ambucopter.org.uk

Main photo: From left, Co-pilot Llewis Ingamells, Paramedic Matthew Moore, Dr mark Folman, Marathon runner Craig Williamson and Paramedic Jane Pattison. Photo credit Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance