Runner looks to set Guinness World Record for ‘Fastest Marathon while DJing’


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A participant in the upcoming London Marathon is looking to set a new Guinness World Record for ‘Fastest Marathon whilst DJing

Gus Fraser, a tech entrepreneur from Jersey, has shared plans to run the entire 26-mile stretch on April 12 while mixing — with hopes to raise £100,00 for Cancer Research UK.

Fraser aims to complete the challenge in memory of his father, who passed from pancreatic cancer 10 years ago.

“I’m planning to set the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Marathon whilst DJing. I know it sounds a bit ridiculous, but I figured the more ridiculous the better”, Fraser revealed in an appeal via Youtube.

Fraser reports he has been in negotiations with the Guinness World Records for six months, working on the terms and conditions for the new record.

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The terms, which have now been set, require the DJing runner to complete the marathon in under five hours, a “tough” challenge, he told the BBC, as his DJ kit weighs 8kg.

Despite the additional weight of the kit, Fraser believes the music will motivate him, “I am going to play a few crowd-pleasers“, he told ITV.

The entire DJ set/marathon is to be documented via video, with the tracklist submitted afterwards.

In what he describes as a “personal crusade against cancer“, Fraser felt inspired to set a new world record after witnessing more loved ones suffer from cancer in the years following his father’s passing.

Though Fraser has completed an Iron Man and cycling challenges in the past, he revealed to the Jersey Evening Post that he wanted to do something different for the cause: “A regular marathon wouldn’t be enough”.

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Fraser has requested that the money raised be donated directly to Southampton clinical trials and hopes the money raised through the challenge will help “save lives“.

Prof Gareth Griffiths, who is head of the trials in Southampton, has said the money will go towards new treatments and training researchers, reported the BBC.

“Roughly 50% of the drugs that are in the market today have been pioneered by cancer research, so any treatments and drugs that are developed by Cancer Research UK will have a global impact” Fraser said.

Check out the video from Gus Fraser below.

For more information about the fundraising challenge, click here.

Belle Richardson is Mixmag’s Digital Intern, follow her on Twitter

Written by: Tim Hopkins

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