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Scarborough man to run London Marathon dressed as poppy

Scarborough man to run London Marathon dressed as poppy
Poppy suite in Scarborough Image copyright PA
Image caption Mr Willis from Scarborough made the 5ft- wide costume himself

A father-of-three is to run the London Marathon dressed in a 5ft-wide poppy suit.

Owen Willis, 49, is attempting to gain the world record for the “fastest marathon dressed as a three-dimensional plant (male)”.

Mr Wills, from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, must complete the 26.2-mile race in under five hours to beat the existing record.

He is raising money for armed forces charities.

He said he was inspired after running in a previous race.

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Image caption Owen Willis is running to raise money for armed forces charities

“When I ran my second marathon in 2014, there were all the poppies at the Tower of London,” he said.

“I had this idea that in four years time I would do something to commemorate the end of the First World War.”

He spent weeks designing and making his poppy suit, which weighs almost half a stone (3kg) and comprises of 16 pieces that slot together.

Mr Willis is hoping to raise £5,000 for the Royal British Legion and SSAFA, the armed forces charity.

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