IT’S certainly something to put on your CV.
Health worker. Father. Keen sportsman. Oh, and one part of a record-breaking centipede.
That’s what Ian Black will be hoping to do after next month.
He, his wife Becky and son Tom are planning to run the London Marathon for charity.
But they are not doing it alone – the family from Huddersfield is forming part of a human centipede that is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the most number of people completing a marathon linked together.
They will be lining up at the start of the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday, April 17.
Ian, 52, a health worker, his wife Becky, who will be 53 on the day, and son Tom, 26, who currently lives in London, will be joining forces with 47 others from across the country.
They will be worming their way along the 26.2-mile long course across the capital, whilst linked together with harnesses and bungee ropes.
The human centipede is hoping to raise £100,000 for disability charity Scope, the cerebral palsy charity.
The Birkby family is passionate about it because their middle son Owain has cerebral palsy.
Ian has been involved with Scope for a number of years and is the charity’s treasurer.
The group, who have been practising running together since January, will have to run the course with precision timing in order to stay together and beat the current record set last year by a group of 34 including Richard Branson’s children Sam and Holly and Princess Beatrice.
All members of the centipede who start the event, will have to finish together for the record to be valid, meaning the centipede will have to stay linked at all times including any toilet and refreshment stops needed along the way.
Ian said: “We’ve had several training days over the past few months so we know that it will be possible to run together and we’ll have walkie-talkies on us so the centipede’s head knows what its tail is doing at all times.
“It’s going to be a challenge on the day, making sure everyone stays together and doesn’t get tangled, but it will be a huge achievement and enable us to raise a huge amount of money for this fantastic charity.
“I have run a 10k race before and Becky has run several of the Jane Tomlinson runs, but this is our first marathon.
“We have done an 18-mile run and a 20-mile run so we are fairly confident”.
The couple, who also have a 13-year-old son Edward, hope they and their centipede team-mates can finish the course in under 5½hours.
That will not only give them a record for the biggest number of runners tied together but also a world fastest time.
Tom Dixon, events fundraiser for Scope said: “Many people run the London Marathon in fancy dress but this is the first time we’ll have a centipede pounding the streets, raising money to support our work with disabled people.
“We wish the centipede good luck for the day and look forward to welcoming it across the finishing line as record breakers”.
To back the human centipede visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/scopecentipede