Actor Greg Kelly is preparing for his next part – playing the role of a doctor on the run in the London Marathon.
Wearing blue scrubs, a white jacket and a stethoscope he will be hoping to earn a place in the record books on Sunday, April 28, and raise funds for St Ann’s Hospice.
The fastest time for completing the Guinness World Record in a doctor’s outfit is two hours and 53 minutes.
Greg has only run one marathon quicker than this time in the 16 marathons he has completed.
Greg, from Reddish, said: “My first marathon was in London 2005 and took over five hours. Attempting a world record in under three hours there seems hard to believe.
“I’ll have my work cut out with this attempt because not only will I be wearing a doctor’s outfit, but I’ll also have to adapt to potential weather issues.
“Scorching temperatures at the London Marathon last year had a knock-on effect and understandably slowed down all runners. Fingers crossed the weather is a little kinder this year!
“Guinness World Records have confirmed they will be present on the day to adjudicate and no-one has set a world record for St Ann’s Hospice in this kind of fundraising which is also a big motivation.
“It’s something different and the doctor role has an obvious link with St Ann’s where they play a vital role in caring for patients as I know from my own family’s experience. ”
Greg and his family have already raised more than £12,000 for St Ann’s where his late father Ian was a patient three years ago. Sister Rachel raised £2,000 last year, helped by a generous donation from her employers PwC in Manchester.
Greg has also appeared in Coronation Street, Hollyoaks and various TV roles.
* To donate to Greg’s fundraising and help him and his family reach their target go to justgiving.com/gregkellygwr2019, or to sign up for your own challenge in support of the hospice email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 498 3631 for more information.