A group of five Facebook friends from around the UK are putting themselves through their paces to train for their Scooby-Doo themed Guinness World Record London Marathon effort.
The team, each taking a character name from the famous cartoon, comprises of people from all the over the UK, who have all been affected by cancer. The group, who now ‘feel like family’, met running the London Marathon last year and stayed in touch via Facebook.
The Scooby-Doo gang will be 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 mile course.
Meg Walker, AKA ‘Daphne’, 24, from Surrey is running in memory of her friend Rob, who sadly died after a shock testicular diagnosis, aged 21 in 2014.
Meg said: “We can’t quite believe where it’s taken us from just speaking on Facebook, it’s a special group and feels like being a part of another family. We spoke after last year’s marathon and you gradually learn other people’s stories and why they run and you realise the scale of what the charity does and how many people it’s affected.
“It’s crazy to think we could become a World Record holder but for us it is a bonus or the cherry on the cake, the main thing is the awareness and the vital funds we will raise, that’s what is driving us on.”
The rest of the team includes David Hepburn (Fred) from Glasgow, Holly Bishop (Velma) from Nottinghamshire running in memory of her brother Guy, Ceyhun Uzun (Scooby-Doo) from Kent running in memory of his daughter Tanyel and Andy Sharpe (Shaggy) from Leeds.
The team hope to raise thousands
Holly, 23, said: “CLIC Sargent were so supportive while my big brother Guy was unwell. Not just for Guy, but also the rest of the family. They gave me lots of emotional support, too. I was in my first year of university at the time and I didn’t really know how to cope.”
“This is my way of keeping Guy's memory alive and helping to extend the charity’s work further, to help more families struck by cancer. I want to raise lots of money so that CLIC Sargent can help more people that really need it. I honestly can’t thank them enough for what they’ve done, and now look for any way possible to raise money to support the amazing work they do.”
Good luck Team Scooby
Find out more
To sponsor the ‘Mystery Machine’s’ London Marathon effort, visit their official JustGiving page.
To find out how you can take part in an upcoming running event for CLIC Sargent, and maybe even set your own world record, please contact our Running Events team on 0845 602 4770 or firstname.lastname@example.org.