‘The Running Viola’, has set yet another world record this weekend at the Birmingham International Marathon.
Alistair Rutherford became the world’s fastest marathon runner in a musical instrument costume this weekend after running the Birmingham Marathon in 3 hours 23 minutes.
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“Everyone thought I was bleeding”
“It may have been amazing to look at… not so fun to run in.” Alistair said.
“My arms were so tired at the end I had to tuck them inside the costume.
“I had a Facebook livestream going..the back of my calves were all orange (from the costume) and everyone thought I was bleeding, in the end it just looked like a bad fake tan job.”
The Birmingham City University Conservatoire student has raised thousands in the process for ‘The Arco Project‘ a collaborative UK-South African project.
ARCO, which is also the name for the technique of playing a stringed instrument with a bow, aims to provide the benefits and life changing inspiration of music to children in the most deprived circumstances.
Conservatoire staff and students – including Alistair – have been acting as role models for vulnerable youngsters living in Soweto, a Johannesburg township deeply affected by poverty and crime.
“Music is my inspiration, the fact that I am able to change people’s lives through charity. It’s made me really take a step back and think how inspirational it is for the kids to study music out there [Soweto, South Africa].”
After setting another world record, there is a question of what next?
“No specific plans in the costume, I’m looking forward to the cross country season, but I do have a plan to try and break my half marathon record at the Great North Run”