A Cambridge University Phd student will take part in this year’s London Marathon – dressed as the city’s iconic Gherkin.
Seb Falk, of Thoday Street, is taking on the 26.2-mile challenge in the capital for the fifth time – his 11th marathon overall – on April 13, but this time inside a papier mache model of the striking landmark.

Last year the 33-year-old, who studies medieval astronomy at Peterhouse, achieved an impressive time of just under three hours and will again be fundraising for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust, 15 years on from his father Fergus’ diagnosis.
He said:

Each time I do a marathon I aim to give people a new reason to sponsor me and support what is a really good cause.  This year, because I already managed a fast time and if I trained hard I wouldn’t be able to improve it much, I decided to get into a costume and the Gherkin is very recognisable and hopefully will get a few cheers along the way. The biggest issue is wind resistance when you have it on but I made sure my arms and legs are free to move, and although it weighs about a stone it is manageable.

Seb Falk


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