Dave goes for third marathon record dressed as pirate

PUBLISHED: 15:00 18 April 2013

Marathon runner Dave Stone dressed as Captain Jack goes for his third world record in this years London marathon. Photo by Terry Ife ref exe 0941-16-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Marathon runner Dave Stone dressed as Captain Jack goes for his third world record in this years London marathon. Photo by Terry Ife ref exe 0941-16-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Exmouth marathon man Dave Stone is going for a record-breaking hat-trick in this weekend's London Marathon.

Dave, 43, of Normandy Close, will be running the race dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean films – with the aim of running the fastest ever marathon by someone dressed as a film character.

Dave’s latest record attempt follows his feat last year of running the fastest marathon dressed as a book character, when he ran as Dracula, and in 2011 becoming the fastest superhero, which he achieved dressed as Superman.

The current record for a film character stands at two hours, 53 minutes and 54 seconds – 11 minutes slower than Dave’s time from last year.

However, the record is not a foregone conclusion, as Dave says his pirate costume will be tougher to run in than the Dracula outfit.

He said: “The costume’s got the beard, coat, belt and cutlass – it’s a proper costume, so it’s a bit more bulky to run in. I’m hoping for a time around two hours 45 minutes.”

Each year Dave, a member of Exmouth Harriers, combines his record attempt with charity fundraising, and this year he is collecting donations for Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare. A collection box has been placed at Kings Garden Centre, where Dave works.

Visitors to Kings can also take part in a competition to guess Dave’s finishing time. It costs £5 for two guesses, with a prize from the centre up for grabs for the closest guess.

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