Helen Barnes and her father

A former Great Britain canoeist will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record at the London Marathon this year – for running the fastest ever marathon dressed as a television character.

Helen Barnes, 45, a mother-of-two who ran the London Marathon in 2016 raising almost £2,000 for the NSCCP, has decided to run the 26.6 mile marathon for her 79-year-old father, who suffers from Vascular Dementia.

Helen, of West Bridgford, will be giving her donations to Dementia UK, a charity that supports families of those who suffer from Dementia.

So far, she has raised £1,200 in donations on her fundraising page, which you can see here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/helen-barnes2018

The TV character that Helen has chosen to dress as is CBeebies’ Mister Maker, as her two sons are massive fans of him and the show.

Phil Gallagher, the man behind the spotty waistcoat, has been supporting Helen through her journey and has donated his original jacket that he previously wore on the show for Helen to run the marathon in.

Helen ready for the marathon in her Mister Maker outfit

Last week, her costume and entry for the Guinness World Record for the London Marathon 2018 were finalised and accepted. Helen is already a World Record holder, however. She holds the record for the most Eskimo rolls – rolling 360 degrees in a canoe.

Helen said: “My lovely mates have even agreed to come out running with me, dressed in onesies or various fancy dress outfits, so that I won’t feel quite so ridiculous running the streets of Nottingham dressed as Mister Maker.”

She is currently receiving training from top athlete Amy Whitehead and is also receiving local support.

Local store Zips and Hems has helped alter her Mister Maker jacket. Pier Sportswear has made her spotty waistcoat and Scott Poundall, who runs a sporting injury clinic in the Lace Market, is sponsoring Helen and providing her with treatment for any injuries leading to the event.