A Cavan man hopes to become the fastest bottle on two feet as he attempts to break a world record to help raise €76,000 to fund an operation to allow his godson to hear.
Terry Brady is planning to enter the Guinness Book of Records by running the fastest marathon ever dressed as a bottle.
He will be taking part in the Waterford marathon next week, June 27, and is hoping to raise €10,000 for his nephew Theo, who was born with a rare form of deafness.
“Attempting to break a world record was the best way I thought for getting people interested in donating to help Theo,” he told Independent.ie.
“I looked up Guinness World Records and went through all the different weird records for running in costume. There was a superhero one but you’d nearly need super powers to even attempt it.
“That’s when I saw the record for running dressed as a bottle, and I figured ‘that’s one I could actually do’, so that’s what I’m doing.”
Mr Brady said all the money raised will go towards a pioneering operation, which will enable Theo to hear for the very first time.
The operation costs €76,000 per ear, and will be carried out in Italy by the surgeon who helped create it.
It involves placing a tiny audio implant directly into the brain stem where hearing is processed.
“The reason why Theo is going to Italy is because this doctor is the best at it. He developed it to help his stroke patients regain their hearing.
“Theo lives in England and while it is offered on the NHS, doctors there have only done it about 12 times with a very low success’s rate.
“Meanwhile this Italian surgeon has done it upwards of a 100 times, and about 40 pc of his patients recover their hearing.”
The current world record for running a marathon dressed as a bottle stands at 3:31:57, set in the 2014 London Marathon, but Mr Brady is confident that he can beat it.
“I’ve done three marathons and I’m very into fitness, so I think I’m in with a good chance.
“The outfit doesn’t weight that much, though after 20 odd miles it’s sure to feel like a ton, but it’s the heat that will be the killer.
“It’s going to be extremely warm, especially if the good weather keeps up, and the only area to breathe out of is the face.
“It’s quite restrictive; it goes down pass my knee, so I wouldn’t be able to stride particularly well.
“Hopefully I don’t trip because I wouldn’t be getting back up without help,” he joked.
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