The streets of London will become the runway for a team of Manchester based Monarch crew as they attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Marathon in a Four Person Costume at the Virgin London Marathon on the 23rd April.
The costume was built by a team of apprentices from Monarch Aircraft Engineering specifically for the world record attempt. It is 5m35cm long, weighs 21kg and is made of lightweight aluminium. The engines are powered by a mixture of low carb and high fat diet and the aircraft benefits from some optional extras such as auxiliary fuel tanks where two litres of race day refreshments can be stored.
The apprentices, led by Paul Bedford, Technical Instructor at Monarch Aircraft Engineering, who have been working on the project are part way through completing a four year apprenticeship scheme with Monarch Aircraft Engineering. The scheme is based on the knowledge and practical requirements of the new National Trailblazer apprenticeship standards and specifically the EASA Licence Category A pathway. Since 1971 scheme has produced over 750 high calibre engineers for both MAEL and the wider aviation industry.
This project has been very beneficial to the apprentices enabling them to demonstrate their engineering skills, interact with many different areas of the business and work to a tight schedule as well as complying with the regulations and criteria of Guinness World Records and Virgin London Marathon. It is a pleasure to promote the high standards of our training academy whilst also supporting GOSH Charity and Macmillan Cancer Support. We wish the team all the very best for the world record attempt – we’re sure they will fly around the course!
The Monarch crew are running for Monarch Foundation charity partners, Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity (GOSH Charity) and Macmillan Cancer Support. Leading the team is Captain Simon Gauge, Virgin Money's second highest individual marathon fundraiser in 2016 and the man behind the idea. Simon is running for GOSH Charity along with Cabin Crew Caroline Brown and running for Macmillan are Cabin Crew Manager Jacq Jones and Captain Steve Day.
The time to beat is 5:25:02 and backing the running team to achieve the world record are Luton and Birmingham based engineers; Aaron Fildes, Lorcan Honour, Lee Rome, Tom White, Alex Butterworth, Oliver Stonelake, Tom Willett, James Staniforth, Rob Goates, Declan Barnard, Cameron Hedgecock, Brett Patterson, Lee Turgoose, Matt Lancefield and Ross Pardy.
If you would like to support Monarch’s Guinness World Record attempt please visit: www.justgiving.com/companyteams/MonarchTeamAircraft