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Record bid is out of this world

Asthma sufferer Simon Couchman is running the London marathon dressed as as astronaut in a bid to raise money for an asthma charity

Asthma sufferer Simon Couchman is running the London marathon dressed as as astronaut in a bid to raise money for an asthma charity

An asthma sufferer is taking on an out of this world challenge to help a charity close to his heart.

Simon Couchman will be running the 26.3mile route of the London Marathon dressed as a tangerine astronaut in a bid to raise money for Asthma UK.

The 38-year-old suffered so badly with the condition as a youngster that he was unable to take part in any sports or run at all.

But at the age of 26 Simon, the creative director at Warton based agency ICG, decided to take control of the condition and has since run 20 marathons in 10 years.

Now he is hoping to beat the current record of three hours and 19 minutes in his custom made ensemble.

He said: “I want to mark my 10 years of marathon running with an out of this world charity attempt.

“Having suffered with Asthma all my life I want to raise money and break a world record at the same time.”

To go the extra mile Simon completed his first ever marathon, back in 2004, dressed as a lobster, in a respectable three hours and 53 minutes.

This year he is going for a world record attempt, to beat the current record of three hours and 19 minutes in his custom made ensemble.

He said: “I have to take into account the outfit though, which is inevitably going to slow me down a little bit.”

Wife Jennifer is busy customising the outfit, which includes full helmet, to be as breathable as possible and national running footwear specialist Brooks gave Simon a pair of their brand new, flagship Transcend trainers.

He added: “I have been training hard and I suspect the people of Lancashire are going to be surprised to see a fully dressed astronaut, or Asthmanaut running around in the next few weeks.

“I was over the moon when Brooks offered me a pair of their trainers.”

Simon the ‘asthmanaut’ can be seen pounding the streets of Lancaster, where he lives, and Warton, where he works in the coming weeks.

To donate money please visit: virginmoneygiving.com/SimonCouchman

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