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Student scoops second marathon world record in a year

Alistair Rutherford ran the Birmingham marathon dressed as a viola. Photo: Birmingham City University

A student from Birmingham City University has scooped his second Guinness World Record in less than a year, after running the fastest marathon dressed as a musical instrument.

Dressed in a full body viola costume, Alistair Rutherford – a.k.a. The Running Viola – ran the Birmingham International Marathon on Sunday in a time of three hours, 20 minutes and 33 seconds – comfortably beating the previous record by almost an hour (53 minutes and 45 seconds).

This achievement comes after Alistair broke the half marathon record earlier this year.

Alistair finished in a time of three hours, 20 minutes and 33 seconds Credit: Birmingham City University

Alistair said he hoped to raise around £4,000 for his chosen charity - Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music & Birmingham Conservatoire – or ARCO, which is also the name for the technique of playing a stringed instrument with a bow.

The 21-year-old, originally from Liverpool, said:

I cannot thank everyone enough at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and ARCO, along with my family and friends, for their unwavering support throughout this challenge. Running the Birmingham International Marathon wasn’t easy, particularly in my costume, but it was great to have them cheering me on along the route – whether in person or virtually – as well as the people of Birmingham, who came out in force to support all the runners.

– Alistair Rutherford