Guinness World Record attempt at the Edinburgh Marathon

FOUR MEN are set to run the Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday May 28th in a Viking Ship to raise funds for charity and attempt to set a new Guinness World Record.

Nigel Burton, Martin Ward, Steve Tait and Chris Gale will be battling the 26.2 mile course in a four-man outfit, aiming to beat the current record of 5 hours 25 mins.  The team have chosen to raise funds for Lincolnshire Lives and Epilepsy Society as two of the team have been directly affected by epilepsy.

“One of us recently had a family member saved by Lives emergency response so we are hoping to raise enough money to make a difference so that others can benefit from their ongoing support and excellence service.”

The team have various events planned before the marathon in order to raise funds.

“We have lots of supporting events planned – we are training around our local town, we have garden parties, appearances at our local retail park and we are on the radio in the coming weeks.

“Additionally we have lots of training – at a combined age of 197, none of us are exactly spring chickens!”

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The marathon is one of nine events taking place across the May bank holiday weekend on May 27th and 28th as part of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival.

Charity places are still available for the full marathon and standard entries for the half marathon, the 10k, 5k and junior races close on Wednesday 12th April at 5pm. Find out more on the website at and like us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter at @MrHairyHaggis.