By Cara Sulieman
A SCOTTISH sailor is planning to break a world record later this year when he attempts to run a marathon in full combat gear.
Craig McEwen is hoping to run the 26.2 miles of the London Marathon wearing his heavy boots, body armour and helmet.
With his friend Myles Morson setting the world record at 5 hours 11 minutes last year, there is even more pressure for 26-year-old Craig to smash through it.
While serving in the Navy, Craig went on cold weather exercises in Norway, cleared mines in Europe and was on the Falkland’s guard ship – all of which prepared him well for the arduous task he has set himself.
After missing out on last year’s marathon, Craig is even more determined to run this time round.
He said: “Last year I set up the idea of the record but due to military commitments I couldn’t take part.
“My friend did and consequently set the record, but it’s now my intention to take the record from him this year. Those who know me know that both he and I are very competitive.
“I take part in a lot of runs and the last marathon I took part in was Berlin last year, however I’ve never dreamed of running with so much extra weight.”
Craig is no stranger to physical challenges, having competed at club level for Bathgate Swimming Club, rowing in the world pilot gig championships, and playing rugby for Livingston RFC.
And the marathon attempt is just the latest in a long line of challenges completed by Craig in his efforts to raise money for the British Forces Foundation Charity.
Over the years he has completed a gruelling 24-hour race, climbed Scotland’s highest mountain Ben Nevis, and cycled all the way to France with friends.
The British Forces Foundation ships out singers to the forces in war zones to boost the troop’s morale.
Craig intends to raise £5,000 for the charity to help with the costs of shipping out the equipment.
With almost £3,000 raised, it is just a short jump to the target and Craig hopes his record attempt will get him there.
To sponsor Craig go to www.justgiving.com/craigmcewen.