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Who you gonna call? Silvertown man's London Marathon record bid

PUBLISHED: 15:20 12 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:20 12 April 2018

Meg Walker, Richard Scantlebury, Ceyhun Uzun, Andy Sharpe, Holly Bishop and Frederick Holland Picture: Clic Sargent

Meg Walker, Richard Scantlebury, Ceyhun Uzun, Andy Sharpe, Holly Bishop and Frederick Holland Picture: Clic Sargent

Clic Sargent

Running the London Marathon on your own is hard enough - so imagine what it's like being connected to five other people.

That’s the challenge Richard Scantlebury, from Silvertown, will be taking on as part of a Ghostbusters-themed world record attempt.

The team, known as Ecto-6, is made up of runners from across the country who met during the 2016 London Marathon and stayed in touch.

They will be putting their fitness to the test in order to raise money for Clic Sargent.

Richard, 44, said: “I initially set out to run one Marathon for Clic Sargent in 2016.

“My friend Paul, who lost his son to cancer, suggested Clic Sargent, as they supported his son and his family through the most difficult time.

“In the build up to the marathon, I met all the other Clic Sargent runners, who supported each other during the marathon and beyond, forming many lasting friendships and a great network of people from all over the country.”

While this will be Richard’s second London Marathon, he has run the distance in other locations, completing 10 marathons in 10 weeks in 2016 to raise more than £10,000 for the cancer charity.

“London is quite special on Marathon day,” he said.

“All of London comes together to celebrate an amazing event and support runners and fundraisers of all abilities, particularly the costumes.

“I think this challenge embodies the spirit of the London Marathon and will hopefully help us entertain the London Marathon crowds on the day.”

Richard and his fellow runners, who are bidding to run the fastest marathon in a six person costume, have put in more than 1,000 miles of training between them so far.

He added: “The Ghostbusters are running in memory of friends and family lost to cancer and I like to think that they would have found our attempt hilarious.

“They will be in our thoughts throughout every mile of the marathon, as will all the children and families being supported by Clic Sargent today, who I hope get to watch us on marathon day and know that we are doing this all for them.”

To sponsor Richard, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/richard-scantleburyvlm

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