A HUDDERSFIELD student will be running the London marathon this year - dressed as a giant duster.

Ross Cunliffe, 23, originally from Edgerton, will be running with his friend Steve Askew, who will also be dressed as a duster.

Both will be chased along the 26- mile route on Sunday April 18 by their friend Ben Wilde, who will be dressed in a 10kg drill suit.

The men came up with the wacky race idea to promote a new power tool being launched by their employers, Bosch DIY.

They all work in Bosch's marketing department in Denham, near Uxbridge.

Ross, a former pupil of Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Wakefield, is on a work placement year at Bosch as part of his marketing studies at De Montford University in Leicester.

He said the strange costumes were designed to illustrate that the new Bosch PSB 1000 RCA drill sucks up 95% of dust created during drilling.

Ross said the tool was designed to help people with asthma, which is why he and his colleagues will also be running the marathon in aid of the National Asthma Campaign.

Ross said: "The link between dust and asthma is obvious, so we approached the National Asthma Campaign and asked if we could run in support of them. We are hoping to raise £4,500."

A National Asthma Campaign spokesman said the charity was delighted the men were supporting it.

He said: "DIY can be a nightmare for people with asthma.

"Paints and varnishes can be a problem and people with some kinds of asthma are susceptible to drill dust, especially from MDF.

"The money raised from the Bosch team will help us fund our work in raising awareness of asthma and funding research."

To sponsor Ross and his friends, contact Ben Wilde on 01895 838847.