Severe asthmatic Crawley dad hurts shoulder running the London Marathon in huge T Rex suit


A severe asthmatic says he will be back after he tore his shoulder running the London Marathon in a 38kg T Rex suit.

Forty four-year-old Tilgate dad Ian Bates used a St Catherine’s Hospice banner as a sling and ran the last 17 miles of the race on Sunday (April 26) in his socks.

He completed the 26.2 mile run in six hours and 39 minutes and raised more than £3,000 for the Crawley charity.

Ian was interviewed live on BBC’s Blue Peter about his attempt to break the Guinness World Record for fastest man to run a marathon dressed as a dinosaur.

He was disappointed his body gave up but proud of the funds raised.

He plans to beat the world record next year: “I will be doing it next year whether it’s putting the dinosaur on a diet or something similar.”

Ian, a Metrobus engineer from Ashdown Drive, spent months building the two and half metre tall, five metre long metal frame, with colleagues.

He crossed the line with the help of a Pound Hill man who was inspired to run the marathon by a man with a beer belly. Lee Perry, of Binney Court, said World Marathon runner Ted Jackson, who used to be obese, was his role model. Ian used to struggle to walk a mile. He ran his first marathon in 2000. He posts Youtube videos of himself singing songs requested by people who donate to his JustGiving page: