Scarborough man to run London Marathon dressed as poppy

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    Poppy suite in ScarboroughImage copyright PA
    Image caption Mr Willis from Scarborough made the 5ft- wide costume himself

    A father-of-three is to run the London Marathon dressed in a 5ft-wide poppy suit.

    Owen Willis, 49, is attempting to gain the world record for the “fastest marathon dressed as a three-dimensional plant (male)”.

    Mr Wills, from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, must complete the 26.2-mile race in under five hours to beat the existing record.

    He is raising money for armed forces charities.

    He said he was inspired after running in a previous race.

    Image copyright PA
    Image caption Owen Willis is running to raise money for armed forces charities

    “When I ran my second marathon in 2014, there were all the poppies at the Tower of London,” he said.

    “I had this idea that in four years time I would do something to commemorate the end of the First World War.”

    He spent weeks designing and making his poppy suit, which weighs almost half a stone (3kg) and comprises of 16 pieces that slot together.

    Mr Willis is hoping to raise £5,000 for the Royal British Legion and SSAFA, the armed forces charity.

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