The Running Viola

December 19, 2017
in News

It’s not every day that someone breaks the Guinness World Record for the fastest half marathon run by someone dressed as a musical instrument.

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Later this year, in the Birmingham International Marathon, the same runner, Alistair Rutherford, became the fastest full marathon runner dressed as a musical instrument, his time of 3 hours, 20 minutes and 33 seconds beating the previous record, set by a human cowbell, by a breath-taking 54 minutes.

Alistair’s outfit was made from lightweight Plastazote foam and came complete with a striking headpiece that mimics the shape of the viola’s neck and pegbox.

Alistair, a performance student at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, was raising funds for ARCO, a joint UK-South African project which delivers weekly Skype lessons to young musicians in South Africa.

As well as providing transformative music education activities, Birmingham Conservatoire staff and students – including Alistair – have been acting as role models for vulnerable youngsters living in Soweto, a Johannesburg township deeply affected by poverty and crime.

https://www.thestrad.com/news/running-viola-shatters-marathon-record/7200.article?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=17856

Student smashes second world record with musical outfit

http://www.bcu.ac.uk/conservatoire/about-us/arco

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