An Ilkley resident is training for a Scooby-Doo themed Guinness World Record London Marathon effort to raise money for children’s charity CLIC Sargent.
Andy Sharpe, 29 - AKA ‘Shaggy’ - will be part of a five-person Scooby-Doo gang attempting to achieve a world record for ‘the fastest marathon in a five person costume’ by carrying their own version of the legendary Mystery Machine van all the way around the 26.2 mile course.
The team comprises of people from across the UK, who have all been affected by cancer, who met running the London Marathon last year and stayed in touch via Facebook.
Andy said: “Three members of our Mystery Gang have lost loved ones to cancer. They are three of the kindest hearted and most inspirational people I have ever met in my life.
“Despite the sheer heartbreak which they have to live with every day, they continue to spread happiness and positivity into other people’s lives.
“As a team we are running in memory of these three truly beautiful souls that were lost, Tanyel, Guy and Rob. They are my motivation on the London Marathon day if I feel like I’m struggling a bit through the race.
“CLIC Sargent is an incredible charity and our team Guinness World Record attempt will hopefully play a significant part in promoting the brand even further, helping to raise more vital funds for children and young people with cancer.
“It’s going to be a really big challenge for us as a team but I’m really proud to be a part of ‘Team CLIC Sargent’. I know the charity makes a real difference to families who need support at such a hard time, and thinking of that will get me to the finish line.”
Lewis Hay, running events fundraising manager at CLIC Sargent, said: “When cancer strikes young lives we fight tirelessly to limit the damage it causes beyond their health. We rely entirely on donations to fund our vital work and so we can’t thank Andy and the Mystery Machine team enough for their fantastic efforts.
“This is definitely a unique, eye-catching way to make a massive difference for young people with cancer by helping us ensure they are getting the right support they need.”
To sponsor Andy’s London Marathon effort, go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ClicMysteryMachine.