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43-year-old Ian Young from Prestwick, will be attempting to beat a Guinness World Record on Sunday 28 April at the Simplyhealth Great Stirling Run, dressed as his idol, Andy Murray.

Ian is attempting to beat the record for completing the fastest marathon while dressed as a tennis player.

Tennis fan Ian, who has been to Wimbledon many times, as well as encouraging his twin boys to take up the sport, has attempted the record once before. He was inspired to try again following the superstar's emotional retirement announcement in January.

“I've always liked tennis and particularly Andy Murray, so when he said was going to retire, I thought that's it, I'm going to try and beat that record again. 

The specifics of the costume mean not only will he have to carry a ball in one hand and a racquet in the other, he will also have to carry a tennis bag containing three extra racquets.

To secure the record he will need to take a picture of himself at every mile on the 26.2-mile course, all in under 3:28:48.

“I first attempted it two years ago, but I didn't do as well as I'd hoped that time, so I'm trying again. It's quite hard to do with everything you've got to carry

“Obviously, its Andy's neck of the woods and the route goes through his home town of Dunblane, so like the last time I'm expecting some fantastic local support along the way.   

Although training is going well, there is another factor that might scupper his chances on the day.

“The event is happening on the same day as the London Marathon, so even if I get the time, I guess I'll have to wait a couple of days to find out if anyone else has attempted it there, and if so what time they've done it in.”

The Simplyhealth Great Stirling Run takes place on Sunday 28 April. Both the marathon and half marathon courses take in the local countryside, imposing castles and historic towns.

The marathon route passes Blair Drummond Safari Park before crossing the historic Bridge of Teith. The route continues through Doune and on to Dunblane.  Other sights along the way include the University of Stirling and Wallace Monument, before runners head along the riverside to Stirling and a city centre finish.

For more information or to enter visit greatrun.org/stirling