Cover Image: Army Sergeant Paul Beddows in a suit of armour ahead of race day (Picture: SSAFA/PA)
A British Army Sergeant will take on the London Marathon wearing a suit of armour - on the day a heatwave has been forecast.
Paul Beddows, 33, is fundraising for the Armed Forces charity SSAFA and is trying to break the current Guinness World Record for the "fastest marathon in a suit of armour".
The current record is six hours, 46 minutes and 59 seconds, which was set at the HC Andersen Marathon in Denmark, in 2008.
Sergeant Beddows' suit of armour weighs 35kg and on the day of the race, temperatures are expected to reach 20 degrees.
He has previously completed four long-distance Ironman triathlons but says the realities of his next challenge are catching up with him.
"It seemed like a brilliant idea at the time, but now the realities are sinking in."
"I can't just slip the armour on and head out by myself, I need help to get into it, and nearly every step I take in it hurts."
"But I have no doubt that I will finish the marathon - and am quietly confident that I'll have a good chance of breaking the record too."
Sgt Beddows has worked in the Intelligence Corps since 2004 and will take part in the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday.