A severe asthmatic who used to struggle to walk a mile will run the London Marathon in a 25kg metal dinosaur suit.
Ian Bates, 44, of Tilgate, hopes to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest man to run a marathon dressed as a dinosaur on April 26.
He said: “I’m quite a severe asthmatic.
“Back in 2000 it was already impossible to walk to the shops.
“I’m quite proud that I can do what I set my mind to do.”
Ian, of Ashdown Drive, ran his first marathon in 2000 with ten months’ training.
“I’m quite a severe asthmatic. Back in 2000 it was already impossible to walk to the shops.”Ian Bates
He ran the Millennium Marathon in London after a losing bet with a work colleague.
Ian, a mechanical engineer, said they both completed their first marathon and added he ‘just carried on’ running for charity.
Ian has raised thousands of pounds for cancer, asthma and Crawley charities.
The London Marathon 2015 will be his fifteenth marathon.
Ian must complete the 26.2 mile course in under five hours to break the world record.
He will run the marathon in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice.
His mother died of bowel cancer eight years ago.
He aims to raise £1,800 for the Crawley charity.
He said: “I’ve been unfortunate enough to lose quite a few people, a lot of people do.
“To do it for a local charity is the important bit.
“We are local people to St Catherine’s and they do a lot of work in the community.”
Ian started building the high density aluminium frame dinosaur suit with colleagues in November 2014.
The 25kg costume will be strapped to him and rest on his shoulders.
Ian, who is 6ft 4in tall, said the T Rex will be 10ft tall and five metres long.
Ian aimed to break the world record but added ‘sense comes with age’.
He ran the Tilgate Parkrun in the dinosaur suit in January. The T Rex looked ‘drunk’ after its head came loose.
Ian was inspired to run dressed as a dinosaur when he watched Walking with Dinosaurs with his youngest son some seven years ago.
The father-of-three said his fundraising stunts now embarrass his son Aaron, 13, who goes to Thomas Bennett Community College.
Ian posts Youtube videos of himself singing songs requested by people who donate to his JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/bates44/