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 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: