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Student hopes to break his second world record at this weekend's marathon

Alistair is combining his love of music and athletics. Credit: Birmingham City University

A student from Birmingham City University’s Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is combining his love of music and athletics in an attempt to break another Guinness World Record.

Alistair Rutherford, will be donning a custom-made viola costume in his attempt at running the fastest marathon dressed as a musical instrument at this weekend's Birmingham International Marathon.

Dubbed 'The Running Viola', the costume is made from lightweight plastazote foam.

Alistair has already broken the record for running the fastest half marathon in a musical instrument. Credit: Birmingham City University

The student hopes to raise at least £4,000 for the collaborative UK-South African project, Cape Gate MIAGI Centre for Music & Birmingham Conservatoire – or ARCO as otherwise known.

ARCO aims to provide the benefits and life changing inspiration of music to children in the most deprived of circumstances.

The 21-year-old from Allerton in Liverpool said:

I was struggling for fundraising ideas. One evening whilst in our local pub myself and fellow ARCO teacher Matt Johnstone joked about a Guinness World Record involving both the things I love; running and the viola.

With the half marathon record now under my belt, it seemed that the next logical step would be to try and become the world’s fastest musical instrument in the full marathon. Training has been going well and I am aiming to beat the record that currently stands at four hours, 14 minutes and 18 seconds.

– Alistair Rutherford, student at Birmingham City University’s Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Earlier this year, Alistair has already ran the Liverpool Half Marathon, the Wirral Half Marathon and the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10K, all in his viola costume.